Rep vs Dem I have published numerous technology scorecards in the last couple of months. I have written 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 State Senate race to review yet.

Alan Kittleman is leaving the State Senate in an attempt to become the next Howard County Executive leaving his seat up for grabs. Two candidates have filed to run for this seat (one Democrat and one Republican). This could be a very interesting race to keep tabs on for Howard and Carroll County residents.

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

Daniel Medinger – – Lists Facebook, Google+ and YouTube. Also has a link to LinkedIn, but the link is not working today.

Gail Bates – – Lists Facebook

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







Daniel Medinger






Gail Bates



Here are my takeaways from the scorecard above:

On the positive side both candidates have a website and Facebook page, otherwise the technology outreach is pretty limited for both candidates at this point.

Medinger should fix his LinkedIn link on his website. I really like the idea of using LinkedIn to promote a candidate, but the links on your site just have to work correctly.

Nice to see that Medinger is using Google+. One of the few candidates extending outreach on that platform. The thing that is missing are regular updates. There has not been an update in over a month. Hard to attract followers without updates to follow.

I am SHOCKED that neither candidate is using Twitter to reach voters or potential donors. To me this is a big miss by each candidate and campaign. I hope each candidate corrects this soon.

For this race I am not going to pick a technology outreach leader today. I want to wait until next month to see what changes and improvements these campaigns make before I select a leader in this race.

HoCoBlogs Interested in politics in Howard County? Here is a good HoCoBlogs Twitter list to follow: Now you wont find these candidates on the list today, but there are a number of other elected officials and candidates to follow on Twitter.

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.

Keep an eye out for my future scorecards. I am looking at doing at least one for a congressional race and more State Delegate races. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Scott E



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