“Trailblazers” Pledging Transparency will Appear on Republican, Democratic, and 4 More of NY’s Official Party Lines


(HORSEHEADS, N.Y.) – Candidates running with the endorsement of Trailblazers PAC, the nonpartisan clean government organization, will appear in the November 6 General Election on 6 of the 8 official New York party lines.

Trailblazers PAC endorses candidates of any political party who choose to make themselves accountable to their own voters by following a higher standard than campaign finance law requires.

To date in 2018, fifteen candidates across New York State have self-selected to meet Trailblazers PAC’s criteria, and will appear on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence, Working Families, and Women’s Equality party lines this Tuesday.

“We call our endorsed candidates ‘Trailblazers’ because they move politics out of the back room, onto the front porch, no matter what party they align with. It’s time to elect officeholders who are accountable to their own voters instead of just special interests. We’re proud of the Trailblazers across the political spectrum who have earned our support in New York State,” said said Leslie Danks Burke, founder and president of Trailblazers PAC.

Trailblazers PAC endorses and funds candidates (even if they are running against each other) running for county or municipal-level office, who 1) disclose every penny in and out of the campaign, 2) make themselves accountable to their voters by raising funds from households inside their district instead of just from special interests, and 3) commit to acting for clean government through Election Day and beyond.

Not all of New York’s 62 counties will see local-level elections this year. Trailblazers PAC has endorsed candidates in Broome, Chemung, Dutchess, Monroe, Steuben, and Tompkins counties.

Trailblazers PAC’s geographic reach includes the two states of New York and Pennsylvania, though Pennsylvania is not holding local-level races in 2018.

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