The Chemung County Democratic Committee unanimously voted to endorse Leslie Danks Burke in her bid to represent New York’s 58th State Senate District.
“For decades, only Republicans have represented Elmira and the Chemung County area at the state level, and Elmira was identified by USA Today as one of only two cities in the entire country that never came out of recession after 2008,” noted Dora Leland, Chemung County Democatic Committee chairperson.
“We stand solidly behind Leslie’s campaign because we believe that the people of Chemung County deserve much better than they have had from their Republican representation,” Leland said. “We know that Leslie will be a representative that will serve all of the people.”
“I’m excited to be included in the energy and forward action that the robust Chemung County Democratic Committee brings to the conversation, and I’m deeply honored to have their support as we fight together for a real seat at the table for the Southern Tier,” Danks Burke said.
She is an attorney and a longtime advocate for education, healthcare, and rural economic development. She is the daughter of farmers and a mother who, together with her husband, is raising two children in this community. A Democrat, she previously ran for State Senate in the 58th in 2016, outraising O’Mara by over $200,000 and receiving more voter support from outside her party than any other challenger to a sitting incumbent that year — on either side. Since 2016, Danks Burke has remained a powerful advocate for local community engagement and honest government.
Last week she appeared on Inside the FLX, a podcast discussing the issues and challenges of running a political campaign during a pandemic.