According to an April 6, 2015 Corning Leader article, Tompkins County Attorney Leslie Danks Burke was considering campaigning for our congressional seat in 2016. The following is a Press Release explains that Ms. Danks Burke has decided not to run.
Reached for comment following speculation that she may seek the 23rd Congressional seat, former Democratic primary candidate Leslie Danks Burke has confirmed that she will not run for the seat in 2016.
“While it is greatly flattering to have so many Party leaders, activists, and voters consider me a viable alternative to Congressman Reed, I have to consider how best to serve my community. My priority is working toward a better economy in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, and I have come to the conclusion that running for Congress is not the best way for me to serve the community in 2016,” Danks Burke said.
“Solutions that will secure our future are sustainable investment in our farms and infrastructure, access to quality health care for more of us, and making sure we have good schools for our children, our families can afford community college and higher education, and our small businesses have people to hire. It matters to me that the work I’m doing now makes a difference in our community. As I continue to work toward these solutions, I wish those who do enter the race for the 23rd Congressional District the best of luck. I will do whatever I can to assist the effort to return the House of Representatives to a body that represents the interests of hard-working American families like those who live here in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region of New York.”
Danks Burke serves on the agriculture and the infrastructure subcommittees of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. She serves on the regional board for the 10-county Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, which provides health care and education services to 24,000 people per year. Danks Burke also sits on the boards of the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation and the Tompkins-Cortland Community College Foundation.