Our Front Porch Politics workshops educate candidates, supporters, and anyone interested in the nuts-and-bolts of running a local campaign at a high standard.
We also tailor workshops to particular audiences on request, such as our April 2018 workshop at the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW) New York State Convention, and our August 2018 workshop through the Cornell COOPERATIVE EXTENSION Natural Leaders Initiative.
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli kicked off our May 2018 Brooklyn, NY workshop. As Comptroller since 2007, he has uncovered corruption in state and local governments, leading to dozens of arrests and tens of millions in restitution.
Three times over 2018, a group of actors and musicians performed the original production, “FRONT PORCH POLITICS: A MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT” as their creative means of civic participation with us. The show humorously tells the tale of local campaigns through parody lyrics to Broadway showtunes. Through shows in Corning, Geneva, and Ithaca, Trailblazers PAC engaged hundreds outside the traditional local-level politics bubble.
Trailblazers PAC also joined large and small conferences with like-minded organizations, such as the AMERICAN PROMISE NATIONAL CITIZENS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE in June 2018, and a December 2018 panel alongside anti-corruption advocates from Mexico and the Czech Republic sponsored by the SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION, TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, and GLOBAL INTEGRITY.
We worked with 260 candidates through our mentorship program. Each candidate receives a one-on-one mentor, and we proudly work with each candidate in our program even if they choose not to opt into following higher standards than law requires this time. On top of getting a MENTOR, candidates get to share ideas and experiences with each other across the miles through regular PEER-TO-PEER candidate conference calls.
Mentorship wraps up each year with a December RETREAT to which all endorsed Trailblazers of any year are invited.
Endorsed Trailblazer Stephanie Townsend talks with voters during her successful 2017 race for Pittsford (Monroe County, NY) Town Board.
Our endorsement comes with matching funds that double the power of voter voices. When a candidate earns LITERAL BUY-IN FROM VOTERS, we match those voter investments.
To be a Trailblazer, candidates must openly publish EVERY CENT IN AND OUT of their campaigns, far beyond legal requirements, and have a campaign committee that is separate from other candidates or political party organizations.