Howard County Council – District One Race – February Technology Scorecard

Posted on Updated on

Howard County Council Districts Map I have done many posts about the Maryland Governors race and thought I would take some time to take a closer look at a race close to home, the District One County Council race. Courtney Watson is running for County Executive which leaves her current seat in play this election cycle. There has been a great deal of interest in this seat based off of the number of candidates that have officially filed. Currently there are four Democrats and one Republican filed to run for this seat.

I must admit that I got the idea for this post from an article I read from Marshmallow Man (Twitter handle: @53beersontap). He wrote an article on the various Democrats in the field and I thought it a good idea to put up a technology scorecard with links to all of the candidates technology outreach sites. Click here to read the article.

The candidates: To see the list of candidates that have “Officially filed” click here

Democratic Candidates

Dave Grabowski – – Facebook and Twitter

Lisa Markovitz – – Facebook and Twitter

Wendy Royalty – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn

Jon Weinstein – – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Republican Candidates

Kevin Forrest Schmidt – – Facebook and Twitter

The Scorecard: (Click the numbers below to view the social media page)


Grabowski Markovitz Royalty Weinstein Schmidt





















Here are my takeaways from the scorecard above:

Jon Weinstein currently has the most followers (by a very slim margin) but Wendy is getting close. As she only just entered this race she could gain some momentum and easily take the lead soon.

Jon Weinstein and Wendy Royalty are the only candidates promoting something other than Facebook and Twitter (both have LinkedIn and Wendy has a YouTube page).

Kevin Schmidt is dominating the Republican side of the field (OK, he is the only candidate on that side of the field right now). His followers numbers are in line with the Democrat candidates. Kevin’s website is not my favorite. Two links that just point to PDF files just does not have that “professional” look to it.

Dave Grabowski and Lisa Markovitz are lagging somewhat when it comes to social media followers right now. No one in the field has enough for this to yet be a concern, but obtaining additional followers should be a key for these campaigns.

All of the campaigns should read: Social Media Mistakes By Political Candidates – Part 1 – Outreach. Reaching out on the other various platforms could benefit all of the campaigns.

I guess if I had to pick a technology leader among the candidates I would lean towards a tie between Jon Weinstein and Wendy Royalty. I believe the next month will shake out the difference between the two candidates and their social media outreach and I will have a better idea of who is the real leader. I would have to go with Kevin Schmidt for third today.

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 is a fun exercise to do and makes a great resource for following all of these candidates.

I hope this is useful and look for updates to the scorecard every month until the election.

Scott E

11 thoughts on “Howard County Council – District One Race – February Technology Scorecard

    Jessie Newburn said:
    February 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I love what you’re doing! Brilliant. And such a great help to the local community. I recently wrote a social media tips doc focused on #HoCoPolitics and -Politicians; it’s here – and it’s designed as a resource to help local candidates and elected officials be more connected to and engaged with their constituents, local voters and, of course, Hoco bloggers.

    Jessie Newburn said:
    February 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Oh, and when you blog about “other than tech,” Scott, there are a number of locally focused terms you can add to your blog posts (please pick one per post) that will then redirect a specific post to another category on More info here – Looks to me like you’ll probably be using #HoCoPolitics, at a minimum.

    […] thought with all of the positive buzz from the last scorecard (Howard County Council – District 1) I figured it would be a good time to look at one of the many State Delegate races. In this article […]

    […] multiple scorecards about the Maryland Governors race, scorecards for Howard County Council (District 1) and two State Delegate races (District 9B and 12). What I realized is that I had not picked out a […]

    Technology Scorecards Summary | ScottE Software said:
    March 1, 2014 at 6:13 am

    […] February Scorecard […]

    […] coming this weekend. First I am going to update the most popular scorecard that I have done so far (Howard County Council – District One Race – February Technology Scorecard). I have seen new outreach from multiple candidates and I am really excited to do this evaluation […]

    […] off I want to thank the candidates, bloggers and others for making the February Scorecard for this race the most viewed scorecard to date. It is great to see you all appreciate and use this […]

    […] What a nice milestone…my 100th blog post (yeah I know, I am still pretty much a rookie at blogging). The site has had 5,700 views since January when the site was launched. The most popular post to date is: Howard County Council – District One Race – February Technology Scorecard […]

    […] bloggers grading their performances in public forums, evaluating their direct mail pieces, and keeping track of their social media activities. In an upcoming series of posts I’ll be adding to their woes by rendering aesthetic judgements on […]

    Top 10 Blog Post of 2014 | ScottE Software Blog said:
    December 20, 2014 at 7:39 am

    […] 1. Howard County Council – District One Race – February Technology Scorecard […]

    Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014 | ScottE Software Blog said:
    December 20, 2014 at 7:41 am

    […] 1. Howard County Council – District One Race – February Technology Scorecard […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s