Burke's Legislative Accomplishments and Independence Make Him Frontrunner for Democratic Nomination

Buffalo, NY- Today the Erie County Democratic Committee will choose its nominee for the New York State Assembly’s 142nd District. A special election will be held on April 24th, 2018. 

“I am looking forward to the endorsement meeting tonight. I believe I am the strongest candidate in this race. I have received strong support from the community and organized labor. This past weekend, I received the endorsement of the New York State United Teachers. The only other person pursuing the Democratic endorsement is a protégé of Carl Paladino who also worked to keep the Erie County Legislature in Republican control. I do not believe he has a strong case to be the Democratic nominee but if I do not receive the Democratic endorsement today, I will not entertain the idea of taking the Republican line. I would run as a Democrat in the fall primary” Burke said.

In 2013, Pat Burke ran a grassroots campaign for a seat on the Erie County Legislature. That independent campaign ensured he was beholden to Western New York families and not special interests. Burke has maintained his strong record of independence and legislative accomplishments as a county legislator. Burke's notable legislation includes the first local microbead ban in the country, the nationally recognized bill on conversion therapy, his work to repeal archaic Sunday alcohol restrictions, and his work on preventing traumatic brain injuries in children.