United States House of Representatives, Maryland District 3 mapThis is my first evaluation of any of the congressional races, so I choose to pick one that include Howard County (or at least parts of this county). There are five candidates in this race (two Democrats and three Republicans). Congressman Sarbanes is running for his fifth term in office.

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

Democrat

Matthew Molyett – www.everyoneforcongress.us/‎ – Lists Facebook and Twitter

John Sarbanes (U.S. Congressman) – http://www.johnsarbanes.com/home – Lists Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Flickr

Republican

Thomas “Pinkston” Harris – No website or social media found

Michael Jackson – http://jackson4congress.tripod.com/ – No social media listed on website

Charles Long – No website or social media found

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

3/11/13

Website

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube / Vimeo

LinkedIn

Flickr

Matthew Molyett

Yes

60

18

John Sarbanes

Yes

4883

1504

Yes

Yes

Yes

Thomas Harris

No

Micheal Jackson

Yes

Charles Long

No

Here are my takeaways from the scorecard above:

This might be the easiest scorecard I ever evaluate. There is really only one candidate (actually sitting U.S. Congressman) doing much with social media outreach. If this is how this race continues, Congressman Sarbanes will win as easily as he has in the previous four elections.

Molyett is trying with Facebook and Twitter outreach. He has a BIG hill to climb to gain any type of momentum in this race. June is coming quick and a real push will be needed to make significant progress.

All of the Republican candidates are really not out there at all. The one with a website (and not a very good website at that) is not doing anything else for outreach that I could find.

Not much more to add to this race. The numbers really speak for themselves.

HoCoBlogs HoCoBlogs has a great resource for local candidates. I would say it is a must read for everyone running locally: http://hocoblogs.wordpress.com/for-elected-officials/

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.

Scott E

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