It is not uncommon to see a candidate who ran an unsuccessful campaign for elective office form a political action committee. Bernie Sanders launched a PAC after his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Hillary Clinton did the same after losing the presidential race to Donald Trump.

After her state Senate campaign in 2016, Leslie Danks Burke decided to form a PAC. But this isn’t your traditional shadowy group that dumps large sums of money into races all over the country. The goal of Danks Burke’s group is much different.

Danks Burke launched the Trailblazers PAC to focus on local government elections in New York and Pennsylvania. In 2017, the organization endorsed 24 candidates, including two in Auburn — incumbent city councilors Terry Cuddy and Debby McCormick.