(HORSEHEADS, N.Y.) – Trailblazers PAC, the nonpartisan organization supporting local-level candidates across New York State who stand for clean government, announced its endorsement of Ed Bond for Chemung County Legislator, District 4.

With a mission of “Front Porch Politics,” Trailblazers PAC aims to move politics out of the back room. Trailblazers PAC invests in candidates of any political party (even if they are running against each other) if they choose to follow higher campaign finance standards than law currently requires.   

Trailblazers PAC has a track record of successfully investing in candidates since March 2017, and puts on popular “Front Porch Politics” workshops across New York and Pennsylvania. The group has held 18 workshops for candidates, supporters, and interested citizens in far-flung locations over the past two years.

“Ed came to our Front Porch Politics workshop in Vestal in April of this year, and we have been honored to watch his commitment to bringing clean government to Chemung County. Ed is a Trailblazer because he decided to do better than New York requires, and make himself accountable to his own voters,” said Leslie Danks Burke, founder and president of Trailblazers PAC.

I am grateful and proud to receive this endorsement from Trailblazers. Their mission of openness, honesty and accountability is the cure for the often poisonous nature of politics. The Trailblazers program restores sanity to elections by putting the emphasis on the voters, not the big money donors,” said Bond. “This all lines up with the message I have been telling residents of this district throughout the campaign: ‘I want to create government that listens and responds to the voters.”

To earn Trailblazers PAC’s endorsement, candidates must be: running for county or municipal level office; 100% transparent in disclosing their campaign finances (far beyond law requirements); funded in part by contributions from actual voters in the district or municipality they want to represent (rather than solely by outside or special interests); and committed to continuing action for clean government once elected.