BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Trailblazers PAC, the nonpartisan clean government organization working across New York and Pennsylvania, will host a candidate and supporter workshop in Brooklyn on May 6th, with opening remarks from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
“We are excited to bring our ‘Front Porch Politics’ workshop to Brooklyn,” said Leslie Danks Burke, founder and president of Trailblazers PAC. “People involved in activism may not see themselves as possible candidates for office, but we know that every engaged citizen has the capacity to move into a leadership role. Our workshops make the nuts-and-bolts of running for local office accessible. At a time when corruption is a top voter concern, we educate candidates and supporters on how an honest, transparent campaign is a more powerful campaign.”
“Real change begins at the local level. Trailblazers PAC began working across our state last year to encourage clean government from the ground up, and it is an honor to kick off their Brooklyn workshop. Active citizens of all kinds are looking for ways to make a difference in their communities and with the help of Trailblazers PAC, they will learn winning campaign strategies. I look forward to meeting with everyone at the workshop,” said Comptroller Thomas P DiNapoli.
The workshop will be held 12:30pm – 4:30pm at 446 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on May 6th. The $10 fee covers a light lunch and materials.
Trailblazers PAC’s mission is to reconnect voters with democracy by moving politics out of the back room, and onto the front porch. The organization educates candidates and supporters on building honest voter engagement and invests in candidates for local office who take action for clean government. Anyone, of any political party, whether a candidate, supporter, regular voter, or activist, may participate to learn how local political campaigns work.
This is the fourth workshop that Trailblazers PAC has hosted in 2018. Over 600 people in 2017 participated in the group’s “Front Porch Politics” workshops across New York and Pennsylvania. Two dozen candidates for office qualified for the organization’s endorsement and financial investment in their campaigns. A striking 58% of those candidates won their races and voter turnout went up wherever those candidates ran, whether or not they won, as compared to similar districts in 2017.