FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2019
Laura Burke Announces Candidacy for Blair County Commissioner
Altoona, Pa., January 16 – Laura Burke of Hollidaysburg will seek the Democratic nomination for Blair County Commissioner. On Tuesday evening Burke announced her candidacy at the January meeting of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women. This is Burke’s second campaign for office. She was the 2018 Democratic nominee for State Representative in the 80thDistrict. Her campaign for State Representative focused on promises of reform and transparency. Burke intends to carry those themes forward to her campaign for Commissioner. “I want to make sure that Blair Countians have access to their local officials, know what we are up to, and are able to have their voices heard,” Burke said, “I think our Board of Commissioners needs to reflect who we are as a county in order to relate to our citizenry and represent them in a responsive and appropriate way. We need people in the Commissioners’ office who can bring fresh perspective and bring the County into the 21stcentury.”
Burke previously worked for the County as a law clerk to the Honorable Elizabeth A. Doyle who is now President Judge. She resigned from that post in January 2016 in order to help open Family Services, Inc.’s FSI Justice Project where she provided free legal services to low income victims of domestic abuse. “As a former County employee and an attorney working in the Courthouse, I know first-hand many of the challenges our local government faces.” Burke said, “Retention of employees is one of our biggest weaknesses. Now that we have salvaged the bricks and mortar which house our government, we need to turn our attention to our greatest asset: our workers. County employees have a special perspective because government’s functions affect them both while they are at work and while they are going about their personal lives. The Commissioners have a responsibility to take steps to improve life for everyone in Blair County, and particularly for County employees. Every time we have to re-hire and re-train for a position that is vacated early because the incentive to stay isn’t there we lose productivity and lower morale for everyone else. The County needs to attract and retain talented workers just as much as our local employers do. It is time we address that need. The salary study ordered by the current Commissioners is a first step, but what we do with that information is critical to our County’s future.”
Burke has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. Burke is a member of the Board of Directors of Penn-Mont Academy where she serves as Chair of the Human Resources Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of WISE Women of Blair County. She graduated from Leadership Blair County in 2018 and was a recipient of the Altoona Mirror’s “20 Under 40” in 2012. Burke is married to Sean Burke. They have four children.
Contact: Laura Burke
Phone: (814) 207-0319