It’s a rare thing when an average citizen decides to run for office and is successful but that’s exactly what happened with Pat Burke in 2013. Pat is a family man and community activist who was tired of seeing dysfunction and corruption in our political system. He decided to run for office to change things. With little help and even less money, he set out on what many considered a quixotic venture. He pounded the pavement and ran a shoe leather, grass roots campaign. His success came as a shock to the political establishment. The media announced Pat’s victory as a breathe of fresh air, “Burke will arrive at County Hall virtually free of political debts—a true independent. Couldn’t we use a couple dozen more like that in elected office?”
Pat has certainly shaken things up since being in County Hall. 10 – 1 votes aren’t out of the ordinary because Pat isn’t afraid to stand on his own on tough issues. He has driven significant policy initiatives such as The Erie County Municipal Broadband Network, The Erie County Planning Board, and a Ban on Micro-Bead Plastic Pollution.
Pat is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. Pat served a year of National Service with AmeriCorps, and worked for The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. Pat has also worked for the Gaelic American Athletic Association, one of Western New York’s most well established cultural organizations.
Pat has always been committed to transforming our region. At the age of 21 he founded a not-for-profit organization to revitalize a troubled Buffalo neighborhood. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, he bought and renovated a troubled property in the neighborhood, making it an asset. Pat is willing to put his money where his mouth is and now he’s changing the culture of closed door politics that have plagued our County Government.