Maryland State Delegate – District 9B – February Technology Scorecard

District 9BI 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 I will review the technology outreach for candidates (Republican and Democrat) running in District 9B. There are four candidates that have filed so far.

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

Democrat:

Tom Coale – http://tomcoale.com/ – Lists Facebook and Twitter

Rich Corkran – http://richcorkran.com/ – A Twitter account

Republican:

Bob Flanagan www.flanaganfordelegate.com – List Facebook, Twitter and Flickr

Carol Loveless – http://www.carolloveless.com/ – Lists Facebook and Twitter

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

2/19/14

Coale

Corkran

Flanagan

Loveless

Website

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Facebook

659

No

422

567

Twitter

1058

8

68

131

Flickr

No

No

Yes

No

Here are my takeaways from the scorecard above:

Tom Coale has a significant lead on Twitter over all of the candidates in the race. Tom also operates a blog (http://www.hocorising.com/) that gives him an additional outlet for outreach.

Rich Corkran looks like he may be working on his social media outreach. There are links at the top of the page on his site, but they do not work today. I am guessing that these might be coming soon. He does have a Twitter account (just wished that link worked on his website).

Bob Flanagan is the only candidate with a Flickr page linked to his website. It has almost 40 photos on the site today.

Carol Loveless looks like she is also still working on her outreach. She has logos for YouTube and Flickr but neither work today. I am guessing that these will be coming soon.

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

Tom Coale has to be considered the overall technology outreach leader today. His blog and Twitter followers are just better than what the other candidates offer. I would lean towards Carol Loveless leading on the Republican side of the field (but it is very close).

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

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9 thoughts on “Maryland State Delegate – District 9B – February Technology Scorecard

  1. Keep on keepin’ on, Scott. I love what you’re doing. What a help to the community, the candidates and the parties. And I feel you’re calling it as you see it: “Tom Coale has to be considered the overall technology outreach leader today. His blog and Twitter followers are just better than what the other candidates offer.”

    Hey, I see that you added “hocopolitics” to your blog tags. The special tags we use with Hocoblogs.com (the ones that redirect a specific post to a specific category on our site) actually need to go in the body of your blog text, though the text needn’t be visible to others. More info about how that works here – http://hocoblogs.wordpress.com/for-bloggers-2/hyper-local-content/

  2. I got referred here by Bill “Marshmallow Man” Woodcock at “The 53” blog. I was previously not aware of your blog, but am adding to my Howard County blog reading list. Great stuff, I’m looking forward to reading more!

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