Born in Wilkes-Barre to Vito and Marie Malacari, Vito is a lifelong native of
Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of St. Nicholas St. Mary’s
Elementary School and Bishop Hoban High School.
Vito graduated Summa Cum Laude from King’s College in 2009, majoring in
history and minoring in secondary education. He received the Donald Farmer
Award for the highest graduating average among all history majors.
For the past 11 years, Vito has been employed at the Northwest Area School District as a high school history teacher where he teaches American History,
Government, and Advanced Placement Government. He is a 4-year recipient of
the Gold Level Government Civic Engagement Award, a statewide award given
to teachers who have successfully registered over 85% of eligible seniors to
The son of a Master Chief in the United States Navy Reserves, Vito has a
specific interest in educating students on Veteran’s Affairs. As a faculty
moderator for the Ranger Culture Club, a student-driven group with a focus on
community service, he has organized school-wide Veteran’s Day food drives
benefiting St. Hedwig’s Veterans Village for the past several years. Vito has
organized multiple school-wide Veteran’s Day programs during which he brought
in veterans and state representatives to discuss the impacts that veterans have
had on our lives. Vito has also organized two Toys for Tots Drives, in conjunction
with the United States Marines.
Serving as Northwest Area School District’s Union President since 2016, Vito
has successfully negotiated two fair contracts. After a fire in the high school
building in August 2018, Vito connected with State Representative Tarah Toohill
(R-Hazleton) who procured funding from the state to assist with fixing the
damaged school. Vito has also served as a District Labor Delegate for the NEPA
Health Trust, where he has worked to keep the price of healthcare down for local
school districts while maintaining high levels of quality healthcare for district
During the 2015-2016 school year, Vito was chosen by the Northwest Area
School District to participate in Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Impact: Leadership in
Education program. During his time with Impact, Vito worked with other education
professionals to strengthen their ability to promote positive changes in their respective school districts. Vito specifically worked with his peers on a project to
promote student awareness of the dangers of social media.
For 15 years, Vito worked as a football coach at various schools throughout
Northeastern PA. Starting at his alma mater, Bishop Hoban, Vito served as both
junior high head coach and an assistant varsity head coach. He then went on to
G.A.R as junior high head coach and an assistant varsity head coach, helping
lead the team to a district championship win in 2011. Vito finished out his
coaching career in the Northwest area as assistant head varsity coach and offensive coordinator.
Throughout his time as a football coach, Vito placed a strong emphasis on the
importance of teamwork and camaraderie. His experiences as a coach
motivated his idea of “We, Not Me”, which has become a driving force in his
campaign. Just as with coaching, Vito believes that when lawmakers work
together towards a common goal, that is when real change can, and does,
In 2013, Vito married the former Lauren Klug, a lifelong Hanover Township
resident. Vito and Lauren have resided in Hanover Township together for the
past 9 years. In 2017, they welcomed twins, Grier and Roen. As a proud father
of soon-to-be Kindergarten students, Vito is a strong promoter of affordable,
quality preschool for all children.
Vito will work hard to promote equitable education, fix local infrastructure,
provide high-quality health care, and support family sustaining jobs. He looks
forward to using his knowledge of government to serve the communities of
Hanover Township, Ashley, Sugar Notch, Warrior Run, Nanticoke City, Newport
Township, Fairview Township, Rice Township, Wright Township, Plymouth
Borough, Plymouth Township, Larksville Borough, and Edwardsville Borough.