(Bedford, NY) Two 2021 candidates for local office in Bedford, NY, are actively following ethical standards that exceed legal requirements. Ellen Calves, running for Bedford Town Supervisor, and Jodi Kimmel, running for Bedford Town Justice, have each chosen to disclose more of their campaign finances than New York State election law requires.

Following this higher standard while also funding their campaigns through donations from voters in their districts, has earned Calves and Kimmel the endorsement of Trailblazers PAC, the national, nonpartisan organization supporting candidates for county or municipal level office who take proven action for honest government.

“Upholding high ethical standards and focusing my campaign at the grassroots level, I am excited to be among such a select group of candidates endorsed for standards that are so important to a well-functioning democracy,” said Ellen Calves, candidate for Bedford (NY) Town Supervisor in the November 2, 2021 election.

“I could not be more honored to be endorsed by a nonpartisan team like Trailblazers PAC that stands for honest and fair government on every level of politics,” said Jodi Kimmel, candidate for Bedford (NY) Town Justice in the November 2, 2021 election.

“It’s very rare that candidates choose to do more than election law requires,” said Tony Pucci, Trailblazers PAC Executive Board member and the organization’s mentor to both Calves and Kimmel. “We at Trailblazers PAC applaud Ellen and Jodi for earning the ‘Trailblazer’ title by undertaking significant time and work to behave more transparently, and to earn donations directly from many individual voters, rather than just from traditional political players.”

Trailblazers PAC focuses exclusively on candidates running for office at the local (not state or federal) level, works with candidates of any political party, and will endorse on both sides of a given race if each candidate achieves the criteria. 

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.” 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.

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.

Now in its fifth year, Trailblazers PAC has reached millions of voters by mentoring county and municipal-level candidates in eighteen states across the country. The organization only endorses and donates to candidates running in contested elections, and since 2017, a striking 65% of these candidates have won their elections. To learn more about Trailblazers PAC, watch this one-minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohhD98mkzUs or go to trailblazerspac.com

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