Voter Kelly Guinan, left, is greeted by republican candidate for state Representative Jamie Santora at Aronimink Elementary School on Tuesday.
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earned 11,066 votes compared to Rongiones 9,603, according to unofficial results.
outpaced Rongione in three of the four municipalities that comprise the 163rd District, winning majorities in Upper Darby, Haverford Township and Clifton Heights Borough.
Rongione defeated Santora
in Aldan Borough by 120 votes, not enough to overcome Santoras leads elsewhere.
To be able to represent the community where I grew up in Harrisburg and continue the legacy of Nick Micozzie is unbelievable, Santora
said Tuesday night.
Rongione called to concede the race at about 11 p.m., Santora
, 43, lives in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby and works as real estate broker for Moore
and Ryan Real Estate, which he
He previously spent 16 years working for ONeill Properties Group.
Santora is a graduate of Cardinal OHara High School and Cabrini College.
has three children with his
He is currently serving as an at-large member of Upper Darby Township Council.
We feel great, Rongione said after calling Santora
to concede the race.
I called Jamie
and congratulated him on a hard fought campaign.
Its unbelievable and it is definitely a relief, Santora
said of the end of the campaign.
Voters in Delaware County threw their support behind Democrat Tom Wolf in the governors race, which along with open races in the 163rd District and the 26th District of the Pennsylvania Senate
helped drive turnout.
said that his
involvement in community groups and activities helped to give him the edge in the race and overcome any kind of coat-tail effect related to the governors race.
I think Ive done a pretty decent job representing the people of Upper Darby while on council, but I think community involvement was key.
At the end of the day, thats what people see.
received an encouraging call from Micozzie Tuesday night congratulating him on his
I think that with Nicks guidance and my commitment to constituent services and willingness to go to Harrisburg and work across the aisle and fight, were going to do what it takes to get things done, Santora
top priorities in Harrisburg will be to increase funding for education and to return more control over school district to local school boards.
supports a tax on gas and oil drillers and would try and identify inefficient government programs to eliminate waste and fraud.