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Leslie Danks Burke was the 2016 Democratic nominee for NY State Senate in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, and Yates counties. In a district registered only 32% Democratic, she garnered 45% of the vote. Following the election, she founded the nonpartisan Trailblazers PAC to invest in local office candidates across New York State and Pennsylvania who stand up for clean government. Leslie has worked on countless campaigns for local, state, and national candidates. As a lawyer and a public advocate for rural health care and education, Leslie serves on the boards of the regional Planned Parenthood affiliate, her county library foundation, and her regional community college foundation.
Born and raised in Corning, NY as a third generation Greek American, Jim Bacalles entered the family glass engraving business with his father, George Bacalles. Jim entered the political world as a Steuben County legislator in 1980 being the youngest elected to that position since 1926.  He served as mayor of Corning, NY for four years before being elected to the New York Assembly in 1995.  Over his fifteen year career, he served as the ranking Republican member of Government Operations, Social Services, Economic Development, Corporations, and Health committees.  He also served as chairman of the Republican conference before retiring in 2011.  He currently works in the tasting room at Atwater Vineyards and an usher at Steinbrenner Field for the New York Yankees during spring training.

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