Leslie Danks Burke
|Leslie Danks Burke|
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|U.S. House, New York, District 23|
Burke is an attorney.
Burke is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 23rd District. She is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket and faces attorney Melissa Dobson and county legislator Nate Shinagawa in the June 26 primary.
The winner will take on Republican incumbent Tom Reed. The national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has taken an interest in the race, citing the three challengers as evidence of opposition to the Republican incumbent.
Local Democratic officials and organizations have split their endorsements mainly between Burke and Shinagawa.
All three Democratic challengers support Obamacare and oppose hydrofracking. In regards to the economy, Burke and Shinagawa want to more heavily tax corporations, and Dobson wants to link education and technical training.
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