Trailblazers PAC revolutionizes politics by challenging leaders of any party to act better than our broken money-in-politics system. Across the country, we build communities that demand and expect honest government. Trailblazers give voters the power to take back their rightful role in our democratic republic by moving politics out of the back room and onto the front porch.
I am a diehard Republican — I believe in the two-party system. It is with this in mind that I support Trailblazers PAC. More of us should try to pull ourselves out of the political paralysis in which we now find ourselves. One party can’t do it all. That’s not our tradition!
US Congressman from New York (1987 – 2005)
Where we work
We find and fund local-level candidates, anywhere in the country, of any party who stand up for honest government.
Local officeholders have the closest connection to our communities, and Trailblazers PAC helps reconnect voters with democracy by supporting candidates who stand up for honest government.
Monroe County Legislator (1976-82), Member of the New York State Assembly (1983-1986), and Congresswoman from New York (1987-Present)
Leslie Danks Burke
Trailblazers PAC Founder & President | Lawyer and Public Advocate
Trailblazers PAC Treasurer | Scientist at Corning, Inc.
Founder of Sunset Park Republicans
Founder and Consultant to Start-Up Organizations
Community and Political Organizer
Schuyler County Assistant Public Defender
Former Republican US Congressman in Utica, NY
Former Vice President for External Affairs at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes
Amory Houghton III
Principal at Nonprofit Advisory Associates | Senior Strategic Planner, the Port Authority of NY & NJ
Trailblazers PAC Executive Committee | Development Director
Partner at Creagent Marketing
Trailblazers PAC Executive Committee | Outreach Director
Jo Beth Mertens
Attorney and Mediator
2017 Endorsed Trailblazer | Regional Lead at Google
Anthony J. Pucci
Trailblazers PAC Executive Committee |2018 Endorsed Trailblazer and Retired Educator
Principal at Organizational Agility Associates
Policy advisor for Coalition for Integrity
2017 Endorsed Trailblazer | Member of Pittsford, NY Town Board
Principal at Sidewalk Labs
Corning-Painted Post Board of Education
Executive Director, Trailblazers PAC
Trailblazers PAC fills a needed gap by focusing on local officeholders, who affect each American’s day-to-day life. By asking local representatives to commit to honest government, Trailblazers PAC helps reconnect citizens with democracy from the ground up.
Ithaca City Councilman (2008-11), Mayor of Ithaca, NY (2011-present), and National Director of The Young Elected Officials Network, a nonpartisan program of People For the American Way Foundation