August was a busy month for me so I am a little late getting to these articles. I apologize to the candidates…but I will be working hard in September to get all of these published.
Next I want to state for the record I stole this idea from Frank Hecker. He wrote some great articles in 2014 comparing campaign signs…so I thought I would do something similar but focus on campaign apparel…specifically t-shirts.
Also, I know candidates have until the end of February to file and if other candidates enter this race, I will be sure to update this article.
Now off to my evaluation…I am starting with Howard County State’s Attorney race between Kim Oldham (R) and Rich Gibson (D):
I will start off with Kim Oldham: (Colors: Yellow, Red, White and Black)
Things I like about the shirt: It has the authority line of the campaign…always a good thing. I think the color will stand out at events (the fair, parades, etc…). The candidates name is easy to read on the front of the shirt and it is clear what office she is running for in 2018.
Things I don’t love about the shirt: The back of the shirt has a lot of area without text…the last name is clear but if someone is walking away from you the “KEEPING HOWARD COUNTY SAFE” may be hard to read from a distance. I put the fact that the color of the shirt would make it stand out in my positive comments, but is the color to close to the Allan Kittleman shirts?
Overall: I like the shirt and the positives outweigh the negatives in my opinion.
Next up, Rich Gibson: (Colors: Dark Blue/Navy, White and Orange)
Things I like about the shirt: It has the authority line of the campaign…always a good thing. The candidates name is easy to read on the front of the shirt and it is clear what office he is running for in 2018. I like the use of space on the back of the shirt. I like the fact he put “Democrat For…” on the shirt. A smart move in my opinion.
Things I don’t love about the shirt: I am not sure the color of the shirt will stand out at events. I am a fan of dark blue t-shirts…heck, I own a few shirts that color but will it be noticed in a crowd at an event? Is it a color someone will remember? Not sure it hits all of the check boxes. Not a fan of the “check mark” in the O of Gibson. It seems a little distracting to me.
Overall: It is a good campaign shirt…and the positives outweigh the negatives.
This is a hard choice…and I am going to take the easy way out and call it a tie. I prefer the color of Oldham’s but I like Gibson’s use of the space on the back of the shirt. The fonts on each are large and noticeable.
Do you have a favorite shirt? Let me know in the comments!
Note – these articles have nothing to do with which candidate I prefer in the race, these are my personal feelings on the shirts. Only candidates that are willing to provide me a shirt for the evaluation will be evaluated. If you are running for office and want your campaign shirt evaluated and promoted across my blog – reach out to me soon.