WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Leslie Danks Burke, Democratic candidate for the New York State Senate District 58 has announced the endorsement of Eleanor’s Legacy — a group that recruits, trains and funds “pro-choice Democratic women candidates across New York at the state and local level.”
“Here in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, as everywhere, empowering women to support and plan for our families makes our economy and society stronger,” said Danks Burke. “The Southern Tier is the birthplace of Margaret Sanger, and I am proud to follow in the footsteps of pro-choice leaders like Republican Assemblywoman Connie Cook who represented our region in Albany decades ago. It’s time to cast off an old-fashioned power structure that has held back our region’s economy in recent years. I’m honored to be endorsed alongside the many inspiring women running for office and bringing real change to communities all across New York.”
Danks Burke ran against incumbent state Sen. Tom O’Mara previously in 2016, earning 45% of the vote even though only 32% of the district’s voters are registered Democratic, a feat in a year when Democrats faired so poorly.
The organization was founded in 2001 by Judith Hope, who was the first woman to chair the New York State Democratic Committee. The organization was “inspired by the dynamic legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, who dedicated her life to expanding the role of all women in politics and government,” according to the group’s website.
“Leslie is exactly the kind of leader her district needs, from her years of advocating for health care, local businesses, and women’s equality to her experience as a mother, an attorney, and a dedicated volunteer,” said President of Eleanor’s Legacy, Brette McSweeney. “We’re proud to endorse Leslie because she truly listens to the needs and concerns of her community and fights tirelessly to get things done. Women like Leslie are bringing much-needed change and accountability to every level of New York politics.”
Danks Burke is running unopposed in June’s Democratic primary. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3.