Local Leaders Provide Training on Campaigning, Fundraising, and Media Relations


Twenty candidates and supporters attended the “Oneonta Candidate and Supporter Training,” hosted by Trailblazers PAC on August 20, learning about campaign methods and local government elections.

Held at Unitarian Universalist Society in downtown Oneonta, the workshop featured talks from Trailblazers PAC founder and president Leslie Danks Burke, Trailblazers PAC Board member Denise King, and SUNY adjunct lecturer Cathy Nardi. The attendees included several candidates who have applied for an endorsement from Trailblazers PAC.

“It’s empowering to see so many regular folks taking the time to learn about how they can get more involved and take a bigger leadership role in their communities,” said Danks Burke. “Local government is where real change can start, but we need more people from the front porch and fewer from the back rooms. We’re training candidates in how to get resources and build campaigns that are connected to the communities they serve.

Organized by Trailblazers PAC, the training focused on campaign strategies and tactics. King delivered the first talk, discussing campaign structuring and planning. Danks Burke followed with a presentation on fundraising and messaging. Nardi led the third and final talk on media relations, focusing on how candidates should reach out and connect with local media.

Trailblazers PAC was founded by Danks Burke in the wake of the 2016 election. With the motto, “Front Porch Politics,” the non-partisan PAC educates and invests in candidates running for local office in New York and Pennsylvania who prioritize transparency and work towards more honest government.

Oneonta Training with Trailblazers Political Action CommitteeCandidates for local office in Otsego County listen as Trailblazers PAC President and Founder Leslie Danks Burke delivers a training in Oneonta, NY on grassroots fundraising and messaging.

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