Today we were able to speak with Leslie Danks Burke.
She is a public advocate and the Founder and President of TRAILBLAZERS PAC : a political action committee dedicated to finding and supporting candidates for local political office beyond typical party ideology and structure.
Based in Horseheads, NY, Leslie's goal is to improve the quality of candidates and the political discourse in this country, one municipality at a time.
Their mission statement states: "Trailblazers PAC reconnects citizens with democracy by moving politics out of the back room and onto the front porch. We educate candidates on building an honest donor relationship with their own voters. We invest in candidates for local office who take action for clean government."
She is here to help us
make sense of the current political environment,
its impact on the current political apparatus, and
the direction of grass root campaigns going forward
Where are you located?
Interest in politics
Frustrations with the System
Consensus between parties being thwarted
Quality candidates scared off by a poor process
Lack of new ideas / good ideas thwarted
Impact of money
The Impact of Trump on the Political Industrial Complex
Big gov’t v. small gov't
Changes in the media and distortions in “story distribution"
Gerrymandering / obstructionist voting laws and other distortions
Schisms in voters along income, education and cultural fault lines
The pull of better economics (and weather!) in other states
How do you establish consensus-common ground
The Opportunities for Positive Change
What does Trailblazers seek to do?
What type of races are interesting
Is there an ideology?
Improving candidate quality/interparty dialogue?
Predictions for the future
How do we keep track of your progress?