(Ithaca, NY.) –- Trailblazers PAC, the national, nonpartisan organization mentoring and supporting candidates for county or municipal level office who stand for honest government, announced its endorsement of Travis Brooks for Tompkins County (NY) Legislator in District 1.  

Unlike most political organizations, Trailblazers PAC places candidates who apply into an intensive mentorship and training program. With approximately 250 candidates across the country in mentorship over the years, about a quarter have achieved endorsement, earning the title, “Trailblazer.” Candidates who undertake the significant time and work to earn the “Trailblazer” title – and even mentored candidates who do not get all the way to endorsement – emerge as leaders committed to honest government, with strength to run winning campaigns.

Focused exclusively on candidates running for office at the local (not state or federal) level, Trailblazers PAC works with candidates of any political party and will endorse on both sides of a given race if each candidate achieves the criteria. To earn Trailblazers PAC’s endorsement, candidates must disclose every penny in and out of their campaigns (more than law requires), make themselves accountable to their own voters by raising funds from a set number of households within their district instead of solely from outside interests, and stand for honest government which upholds the U.S. Constitution and respects the dignity of all people.

“It’s always been about the community. We’ve forgotten that they have the power. I’m not here for the meetings, I’m here for the people, the conversations, the results,” said Travis Brooks, candidate for Tompkins County Legislator (District 1). “I’m here to listen. The people know I’m from them, I walk with them everyday. They will have the power.”

It’s hard to be a candidate for local office, but it’s harder to be a Trailblazer, and we are proud to endorse Travis Brooks,” said Jane Quattrocchi, Trailblazers PAC Executive Board member and the organization’s mentor to Brooks.We’ve heard Travis’s commitment to honest government, and now he’s put that into concrete action by taking significant and measurable steps necessary to earn Trailblazers PAC’s endorsement. That real action truly benefits the voting community.” 

Now in its fifth year, Trailblazers PAC has reached millions of voters by mentoring county and municipal-level candidates in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The organization only endorses and donates to candidates running in contested elections, and since 2017, a strikingly high 65% of these candidates have won their elections. To learn more about Travis Brooks and Trailblazers PAC, watch this one-minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohhD98mkzUs or go to trailblazerspac.com

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