Jamie Santora reads from a speech while announcing his candidacy for state house representative in Drexel Hill Thursday. (Times Staff / JULIA WILKINSON)
I look forward to sharing my message with the constituents of the 163rd District over the next several months, Santora
This is not a race to be taken lightly.
I will need your support and hard work from everyone in order to win this seat.
, elected as an at-large Upper Darby councilman in November 2011, branded himself as the candidate who best understands the communitys issues.
Having resided in Upper Darby for most of his
recalled growing up on Childs Avenue, spending summers at the Aronimink Pool and riding his
bicycle to Brothers Pizza.
Its the same stories you hear over and over again here in Drexel Hill, as you do in Havertown, Clifton Heights and Aldan, Santora
We love where we live.
Were all involved.
I am ready, willing and able to serve this area as I have done for so many years.
Santora is the co-president of Moore & Ryan Real Estate in Broomall.
He previously worked at ONeill Properties for nearly 15 years.
He graduated from Cardinal OHara and Cabrini College.
Several notable local Republicans joined Santora for the announcement, including Micozzie, Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie and Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle.
is most passionate about bettering the education system and growing the local work force.
will provide policy ideas as the campaign continues.
Overall, were doing great with the job growth, Santora
Were doing great bringing businesses in here.
Santora is a former president of the Pilgrim Gardens Aronimink Civic Association.
He is a board member for Time for Teens, an Upper Darby nonprofit organization, and a member of The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of UNICO, an Italian American service organization.
He has served on St. Dorothy Parish Council since 2012.
wife, Amy, have three children.