Howard County DistrictsThis has evolved into my least favorite race to evaluate. I live in this district and it has become downright depressing the lack of technology used to reach out and update potential voters or donors.

Click here If interested in the April evaluation:

Now on to the evaluation…

The candidates: To see the official list of candidates click here


Vanessa Atterbeary –

Fred Eiland –

Shane Pendergrass (Delegate District 13) –

Nayab Siddiqui –

Frank Turner (Delegate District 13) –


Danny Eaton –

Jimmy Williams –

Chris Yates – No website or social media outreach yet.

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)







Vanessa Atterbeary

706 (+11)

68 (+4)


98 (+0)

Fred Eiland

73 (+1)

13 (+2)

Shane Pendergrass

Nayab Siddiqui

Frank Turner

Danny Eaton

Jimmy Williams

143 (+6)

190 (+5)


Chris Yates

Here are my takeaways from the scorecard above:

Based on the lack of outreach I am going to do something a little different…go on a little rant for all of the candidates.

Team “13” candidatesShane Pendergrass and Frank Turner should seriously look at updating their websites. They look like they were created over a decade ago. Also, maybe some sort of outreach to the District you currently serve would be useful and appreciated. Vanessa Atterbeary – I love the look of your website. I am also happy to see the various social media channels you have setup for outreach…now just use them more often. Only two post for the entire month of May (so far) is not nearly enough to gain followers or update us on the various activities you are doing in order to obtain a seat in district 13.

Nayab Siddiqui – It was nice last month to see your website up and running and all in all it is not a bad site. I would have thought by now you would have added some type of social media outreach. It is somewhat concerning to me that there has been no effort to date.

Fred Eiland – You have a website…not a great one. It has errors on it and not much content. If I searched for you and came across the site it would be hard to take you as a serious candidate based on the site. You also have social media pages. Neither of the social media sites are listed on the website and they are RARELY updated. Big misses.

Danny Eaton – I really like the video on the front page of your website. You also list a lot of content which is not a bad thing…but the site overall is not wonderful. The branding of the site could be much nicer and more professional looking. Absolutely no social media outreach is big miss for your campaign.

Jimmy Williams – I am not in love with the “WordPress” site but understand that running on a limited budget can limit some of your options. I do like how often you update your social media accounts. Of the candidates in this race you are at least the most active with updates. More attention to how you use Facebook (post that are more visual) and Twitter (better and more often use of hashtags) could improve your overall social media profile.

Chris Yates – Nothing. Absolutely nothing. No website, no social media outreach. Why in the world would I as a resident of district 13 ever vote for you. I can’t find information about you online and have never met you at any event I have attended.

OK…there is my rant at the candidates in this race. I do not say the things above to embarrass any of the candidates. My hope is that my comments above improve the outreach to those of us in the district that want to hear from the candidates and our state representatives more often going forward.

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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 #HoCoPolitics



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