Maryland State Delegate – District 04 – February Technology Scorecard

District 4 As I continue my review of various races across the state, I thought I would take a look at the Delegate race in the 4th district (Fredrick and a little bit of Carroll County). In this race we have one Democrat and five Republican candidates. This race has two current delegates, one candidate that was a delegate in the past and a candidate that was running for U.S. Congress but dropped out of that race and entered into this race. I have to admit that I am interested to see how this one turns out in the new District 4.

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

Democrat

Gene Stanton – http://www.stantonfordelegate.org/ – List Facebook and Twitter

Republican

Kathy Afzali (Delegate District 4A) – http://delegatekathyafzali.com/ – Lists Facebook and Twitter

Barrie Ciliberti – I was unable to find a website or social media outreach

Wendi Peters – http://www.wendipeters.com/ – Lists Facebook and Twitter

Kelly Schultz (Delegate District 4A) – http://www.delegateschulz.com/ – Lists Facebook and Twitter

David Vogt III – https://vogtformaryland.com/ – Lists Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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

2/25/14

Website

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Gene Stanton

Yes

108

18

Kathy Afzali

Yes

747

1398

Barrie Ciliberti

No

Wendi Peters

Yes

856

248

Kelly Schulz

Yes

450

73

David Vogt III

Yes

1065

5565

Yes

Here are my takeaways from the scorecard above:

Stanton is dominating the Democrat side of the field (of course that helps he is the only Democrat candidate). Numbers are significantly trailing the others in the field and focus should be taken to this fact.

Vogt has big a lead in outreach on Twitter. Now the vast majority of those were obtained while campaigning for U.S Congress in the 6th district. We will have to wait and see if this equates to votes in the end.

Vogt is the only candidate with a Youtube page. This is a nice feature for the campaign.

Wendi Peters is doing a good job obtaining Facebook followers.

You have to figure that the two current Delegates (Afzali and Schulz) have a built in base of followers. Afzali has a nice following on Twitter and is doing well on Facebook also.

Mistakes:

I was unable to find anything for Ciliberti. According to the SBOE website he just filed yesterday so hopefully this is coming soon from the candidate.

Schultz does not have a photo on her Twitter account. People are less likely to follow an account without a photo. This is a pretty easy fix to put in place quickly.

The link for Facebook on the Vogt page does not work. It points to the wrong page and all you get is an error when clicking on it.

No one is listing LinkedIn, Google+ or any of the other outlets available to them to reach potential voters. 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.

Vogt has to be considered the technology outreach leader. His numbers are much more impressive than the others today. I would go with Afzali for second and Peters is third based on the numbers today. Looking forward to following the trends of this one going forward.

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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