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Howard County League of Women Voters 2016 Candidate Forums

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LWV Howard County

So I just got this update a couple of days ago (sorry I am late posting)-

The candidate forum for both the board of education and U.S. Representatives for districts 2, 3, and 7 will be on Saturday, March 19 from 1-5 pm in the Banneker Room at the George Howard Building.  I’ll send you a copy of the tentative schedule later this week.

You can find more information on their website at: https://lwvhc.wordpress.com/2014-candidate-forums/

As an update to my debate idea with questions from the public and local blogger panelist (learn more):

I have had few great meetings with local folks excited about the idea. I have a few more meetings over the next week. Still working the logistics and potential sponsors of the idea, but the candidates I have spoken to so far seem to be interested in the idea. So I will continue to push forward…

Have a great day,

Scott E

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Candidates – Maryland’s 4th Congressional District – February Technology Outreach Scorecard

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MD04 Map

There are some big changes on this months evaluation of MD04. Three candidates drop out of this race (Turner, Thornton and Davis). To me, Davis dropping out was the biggest surprise to me given the funds he had raised and his cash on hand. I have made a slight change to the page and now list all candidates and websites (at least those I can find). You can read the January Scorecard HERE.

The candidates: To see the full list of candidates click here

Democrat:

Anthony Brown: http://anthonybrown.com/

Glenn Ivey: http://www.iveyforcongress.com/

Joseline Pena-Melnykhttp://www.joselinepenamelnyk.com/

Warren Christopher: http://www.warrenchristopherforcongress.com/

Terence Strait: http://www.straitforcongress.com/

Republican:

Robert Broadus: www.justiceandliberty.us

Rob Buck: ???

George McDermott: ???

David Therrien: ???

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

Candidates

Facebook

Twitter

Anthony Brown

17,662 (-13)

3,629 (+17)

Glenn Ivey

2,683 (+101)

776 (+53)

Joseline Pena-Melnyk

2,506 (+476)

897 (+188)

Warren Christopher

1,152 (+263)

1,301 (+135)

Notes:

  • I removed Strait from the scorecard based on his reported cash on hand numbers in this race (under $2,500). Here is a breakdown via Maryland Scramble of all candidates back on February 1st (CLICK HERE)
  • Based on what I could find, no Republican candidate is doing enough online to make the scorecard. Maybe they will get it ramped up between now and April (but not holding my breath).
  • Facebook – Pena-Melnyk was the clear winner over the past month adding over 475 new followers. Christopher did a very good job adding over 250 new followers.
  • Twitter – Pena-Melnyk was the winner on this platform adding over 180 followers. Again, Christopher was a close second on this platform adding 135 new followers in the past month.
  • Brown – again lost more followers than he added on Facebook. This is a VERY bad trend for the campaign.
  • Ivey – You have to be a little impressed with his cash on hand numbers (over $500,000). This team has to be happy about those numbers and his social media numbers are decent and shows continued growth.
  • If I missed anything…please contact me and let me know.

As I am revamping all of the Maryland Technology Outreach Scorecards, I am not writing about engagement numbers in February. Worry not, engagement evaluations will return in March (Twitter) and April (Facebook).

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it can show trends in a campaign cycle and makes a great resource for following all of the candidates.

Scott E

Republican Candidates – Maryland US Senate Race – February Technology Outreach Scorecard

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Kefalas and Szeliga

Here is the fourth installment of the Technology Outreach evaluation of this race. Seriously…14 candidates have registered for this race? I have made a slight change to the page and now list all candidates and websites (at least those I can find). You can read the January Scorecard HERE where Chrys Kefalas was named the online outreach leader. Now on to the evaluation…

The candidates: To see the full list of candidates click here

Richard Douglas: http://douglasmaryland.com/

Chrys Kefalas: https://www.chrysformaryland.com/

Kathy Szeliga: http://www.kathyformaryland.com/

Dave Wallace: http://www.davewallace.us/

Chris Chaffee: http://www.chrischaffeeforussenate.com/

Sean Conner: http://www.seanconnor.us/

John Graziani: ???

Greg Holmes: ???

Joe Hooe: http://www.joehooe.org/

Mark McNicholas: ???

Lynn Richardson: http://www.richardsonforussenate.org/

Anthony Seda: ???

Richard Shawver: ???

Gary Thomas Yarrington: ???

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

Candidate

Facebook Followers

Twitter Followers

YouTube

Chrys Kefalas

4,851 (+178)

15,200 (+600)

Yes

Richard Douglas

2,006 (-3)

331 (+9)

Yes

Kathy Szeliga

5,270 (+778)

1,471 (+99)

No

Dave Wallace

2,665

1,600

No

Notes

  • Seriously there is just no way I am listing all 14 candidates on the scorecard. I did decide to add Dave Wallace (although it was not an easy decision). Maybe I will notice others doing more online that will merit listing on the scorecard in future evaluations.
  • Facebook – Szeliga by far had the best month in adding new followers. This is starting to be a trend on Facebook.
  • Twitter – Kefalas had another great month adding new followers on Twitter and by far leads the field on this platform.
  • Douglas – rough social media month, losing followers on Facebook and making next to no gains on Twitter. Still linking the Facebook and Twitter accounts. May fall off the scorecard if things don’t improve going forward. Will hate to do it but the online outreach effort is just not what I would expect form someone trying to run a state wide campaign.
  • Wallace – I don’t have tracking data today (that is what happens when you wait until January 21st to file for the race). Some of the Facebook posts that I have seen concern me a little and I will be sure to keep an eye on this campaign.
  • Szeliga – Still a little surprised not to see a YouTube channel from this campaign. I would have thought that by now this team would have put together some videos.

As I am revamping all of the Maryland Technology Outreach Scorecards, I am not writing about engagement numbers in February. Worry not, engagement evaluations will return in March (Twitter) and April (Facebook).

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it can show trends in a campaign cycle and makes a great resource for following all of the candidates.

Scott E

Democratic Candidates – Maryland US Senate Race – February Technology Outreach Scorecard

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Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun
Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun

The filing deadline has passed (finally) and we have our Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Maryland (all 10 of them). I have made a slight change to the page and now list all candidates and websites (at least those I can find). You can view the January Scorecard HERE and see that last month I called this race a draw in relation to technology outreach of the campaigns.

The candidates: To see the full list of candidates via SBOE: click here

Donna Edwards: https://donnaedwardsforsenate.com/

Chris Van Hollen: http://vanhollen.org/

Freddie Donald Dickson: ???

Ralph Jaffe: http://www.fedupwithcrookedpolitics.com/

Theresa Scaldaferri: ???

Charles Smith: ???

Violet Staley: http://www.violetstaleyformarylandsenator.com/

Blaine Taylor: ???

Ed Tinus: http://united-us.org/

Lih Young: ???

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

Candidate

Facebook Followers

Twitter Followers

Instagram

Youtube

Chris Van Hollen

11,939 (+243)

973 (+92)

247 (+37)

Yes

Donna Edwards

6,644 (+897)

3,228 (+261)

302 (+62)

Yes

 Notes:

  • I only list Van Hollen and Edwards on the Scorecard based on total outreach and money. This really is a two person race. Here is a little more information about the money (CLICK HERE)
  • I could not find websites for many of the candidates. If I missed anything, please let me know and I will update the data above.
  • On Facebook – Edwards added significantly more followers in the month of January. Van Hollen continues to hold a significant follower advantage.
  • On Twitter – Edwards also won in terms of adding new followers. She continues to own that platform this election cycle.
  • Other – Neither candidate is knocking it out of the park with their latest YouTube videos. Over the past month Edwards published two videos and had a total of 39 views (for both). Van Hollen published one video and had only 26 views.  No big winners here.

As I am revamping all of the Maryland Technology Outreach Scorecards, I am not writing about engagement numbers in February. Worry not, engagement evaluations will return in March (Twitter) and April (Facebook).

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it can show trends in a campaign cycle and makes a great resource for following all of the candidates.

Scott E

HoCoBOE Interviews

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Election 2016

I am having a great time running the new Scott E’s Blog Talk Radio show. Five episodes completed with more episodes scheduled for the future.

My favorite new topic is interviewing candidates running for Howard County Board of Education in 2016. Two interviews have been completed:

Kirsten Coombs

Pravin Ponnuri

I have three more interviews scheduled for next week:

Robert Miller

Corey Andrews

Vicky Cutroneo

I hope that by conducting these interviews, the voters learn a little something about the candidates. It is really an intro to who they are and what their campaigns are about in 2016.

I have reached out to the other six candidates – some have responded…others have not yet. I hope to hear back from them all and provide an equal opportunity to hear from everyone. If you have any pull with candidates, let them know about this opportunity.

Have a great day.

Scott E

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2 New HoCoBOE Candidates finalize the field

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So on the last day….we get two new candidates for Howard County Board of Education: Corey Andrews and Marcelino Michael Bedolla. I don’t yet know much about either and will see what I can find.Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 8.47.34 PM

I did get an message from Corey Andrews letting me know that the Facebook page listed was incorrect and that his website will be up and running soon…Be sure to check back for future updates to the Technology Outreach Reference Card:

Click to view full reference card
Click to view full reference card

Have fun today,

Scott E

Another New HoCoBOE Candidate – Vicky Cutroneo

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Well that did not take long…we are now up to 9 Howard County Board of Education candidates in 2016. The latest entry is Vicky Cutroneo. I have not seen any online outreach yet and reached out via Facebook message to obtain more information….no response yet. I will be sure to update the Reference Card when I know more.

Click to view the online outreach reference card.
Click to view the online outreach reference card.

Scott E