When Leslie Danks Burke set out to run for New York State Senate in the 58th District she could not have imagined what this campaign would look like. Even the most-astute politicians have been thrown for a loop by the Coronavirus pandemic. Traditional campaigning has been turned into virtual town hall events — conducted over Zoom or Skype. Door-to-door petitioning was shut down as it became clear that the Coronavirus was too much of a risk to have face-to-face contact. And now, primaries and special elections have been pushed to June.
That said, there’s an even greater need now for candidates to connect with voters — to learn more about the things they’re concerned about. The economy has been ground to a halt, jobless claims are in the hundreds-of-thousands in New York alone, and the healthcare system at-large was left unprepared for a crisis of this magnitude.
Leslie Danks Burke has dedicated herself to leading the way for transparent government.
When she founded Trailblazers PAC her mission was to deliver a message of transparency in local government. While her organization does not focus on state-level officials – they work to educate, and champion political candidates who are seeking local office.
Now, an event coming up on Tuesday, April 17th will put it all to music. ‘Front Porch Politics, a Dinner Theater by Rachel Lampert’ will take place at Club 86 in Geneva. The event will run from 5:15 – 7:30 p.m. and funds raised will go to candidates running transparent campaigns for public office.
They are two words frequently debate, and discussed within the realm of politics, but one group says they’re working harder than any other in the region to restore faith in elections through civic engagement. The Trailblazers PAC, founded by Leslie Danks-Burke is designed to educate citizens and candidates, and get more folks politically engaged. PAC endorsed candidates are described as a new brand of civically-engaged officeholders at the local level, who give government back to the people who pay for it.
Danks-Burke was in-studio on Episode #103 of the Inside the FLX Podcast talking about issues of transparency and government function on Monday.