Leslie Danks Burke

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Leslie Danks Burke
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U.S. House, New York, District 23
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Leslie Danks Burke was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 23rd Congressional District of New York. She lost in the primary.[1]



See also: New York's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Danks Burke ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 23rd District. She sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket[2] and lost to county legislator Nate Shinagawa in the June 26 primary.[1]

The National Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took an interest in the race, citing the three challengers as evidence of opposition to the Republican incumbent.[3]

Local Democratic officials and organizations split their endorsements mainly between Danks Burke and Shinagawa.[4]

All three Democratic challengers supported the Affordable Care Act and opposed hydrofracking. In regards to the economy, Danks Burke and Shinagawa wanted to tax corporations more heavily, and Dobson wanted to link education and technical training.[3]

U.S. House, New York District 23 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNate Shinagawa 55.5% 5,697
Leslie Burke 37.4% 3,841
Melissa Dobson 7.1% 727
Total Votes 10,265

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