Representative in Congress – Congressional District 06 – August Technology Scorecard

MD Congress Distrcit 6It has been a while (May) since I have looked at the numbers in this race. Let us see how the candidates are doing with technology outreach…

The candidates:

Democrat

John Delaney – http://www.delaneyforcongress.com/

Republican

Dan Bongino – http://www.bongino.com/

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

8/31/14

Delaney

Bongino

Facebook

2,155 (+114)

64,561 (+9,616)

Twitter

1,310 (+72)

20,400+ (+2,000)

Google+

771 (+108)

YouTube

Yes

Yes

Instagram

713 (+78)

Comments: Similar to previous evaluations of this race… I have volunteered for one of these candidates in the past (and continue to help out today when called upon) and as such I do not feel that I should make my regular comments and recommendations. To be honest it would be very one sided. Instead I am just going to let the number of followers and amount of outreach speak for itself.

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race:

MD06 Facebook Activity August

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Representative in Congress – Congressional District 03 – August Technology Scorecard

Congress 3rdI thought I was done evaluating this race but the GOP candidate started using social media after the Primary ended. I wanted to share all of the links for this race so here is the update. Let’s see how they are doing…

The candidates:

Democrat

John Sarbanes (U.S. Congressman) – http://www.johnsarbanes.com/home

Republican

Charles Long – http://charleslongforcongress.com/

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

8/28/14

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube / Vimeo

Google+

LinkedIn

Flickr

John Sarbanes

5238 (+40)

1599 (+40)

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Charles Long

6939

95

Yes

3

Comments: Congressman Sarbanes holds a significant follower advantage on Twitter. He did not add many new followers on Facebook or Twitter since the last evaluation but overall has a nice technology outreach profile and a really nice website.

Charles Long launched his social media presence in early July. Charles currently has the most Facebook followers. I always find it interesting when I see a page launch with that many followers. I am very interested in seeing how many new followers this page adds over the next couple of months. It is nice to see the candidate on Google+. I really hope more candidates start to use the platform for outreach.

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Charles had a slightly better week on Facebook with fan engagement).

US Congress District 3 Facebook Activity

Today I would have to say that John Sarbanes holds a significant technology outreach advantage. Time will tell if Charles Long can close the gap between now and November.

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Scott E #HoCoPolitics

August Technology Scorecard – Maryland Candidates for Governor

Maryland Gov CandidatesThis is the first evaluation where I am putting the Democrat and Republican candidates side by side. First let us take a look at the Primary results:

Gov Primary Results

Comments: No real surprises here. I think most everyone believed it would come down to Brown vs Hogan in the General. Now the real fun begins. Let us take a look at how they stack up side by side…

The candidates:

Anthony Brown (D)http://anthonybrown.com/

Larry Hogan (R)http://www.hoganforgovernor.com

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

8/24/14

Brown

Hogan

Facebook

15,459 (+1,896)

109,068 (+15,529)

Twitter

2,939 (+431)

1,895 (+600)

Instagram

87 (+33)

123 (+57)

Youtube

Yes

 

Yes

Flickr

Yes

Comments: Larry Hogan continues to make significant follower gains with his “Change Maryland” Facebook account. Adding over 15,000 new followers since June and now nearing 110,000 followers, this team holds a significant outreach advantage on that platform. Larry also added the most new Twitter followers since the June evaluation.

Anthony Brown continues to hold the overall follower advantage on Twitter in this race. Another significant fact is that Ken Ulman has an extremely popular Twitter account with almost 8,000 followers. That is a significant advantage for the Brown/Ulman team.

One item I am a little disappointed with is that both campaigns seems to have abandoned Instagram. They both still have accounts but neither lists them on their websites nor have there been any posts on that platform in quite some time. I continue to list this platform on the scorecards but if there are no posts between now and the next evaluation I will remove it from the scorecard next month.

Here is an interesting bit of information that came out over the past week: GOP poll shows tight race for governor: Brown 45, Hogan 42.

GOP Poll August

Now keep in mind that this was a GOP poll but the Hogan team has to be pleased with those numbers. You can read the full report here: http://marylandreporter.com/2014/08/22/gop-poll-shows-tight-race-for-governor-brown-45-hogan-42/

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (No surprise that the “Change Maryland” account had more activity based on the total number of followers. I will note that 75 posts in a week seems excessive. Maybe not SO many posts would be nice for the followers of that page).

Maryland Gov Facebook  Activity August

I would give a slight advantage to the Hogan team for technology outreach. Their Facebook presence is just impressive. The advantage on Twitter for the Brown/Ulman team is the reason I only give Hogan a slight advantage. Next month I will start adding the Lt. Governor candidates social media links on the scorecard. This should add an interesting look at the overall outreach in this race.

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Scott E #HoCoPolitics #MDPolitics

 

Maryland State Senate – District 13 – August Technology Scorecard

Senate 13I live in this district so I always look forward to the D13 evaluations. It has been a while since I looked at this race so lets see how the candidates are doing…

District 13

The candidates:

Guy Guzzone (D) – http://www.guyguzzone.com/

Jody Venkatesan (R) – http://www.vote4jody.com/

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

8/23/14

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Instagram

Guy Guzzone (D)

333 (+10)

719 (+95)

Jody Venkatesan (R)

247 (+24)

48 (+18)

Yes

19

Comments: First lets talk about Jody Venkatesan. He added the most new Facebook followers since May. He has added three new YouTube videos and has launched an Instagram account. I really like the use of Instagram and the new YouTube videos. Good job and I look forward to seeing more from this candidate between now and November.

Now lets talk about Delegate Guzzone. He continues to hold the advantage with the most Facebook followers and by far the most Twitter followers. He actually did a great job adding almost 100 new Twitter followers since May. With those positives mentioned I have to point out the mistakes made by Guy. There are some big ones. First off is that he is linking his Facebook account to his Twitter account. I have written about this in the past (Read Here). Why is this such a bad thing…well this is what his Twitter feed looks like from June 24th to August 12th:

Guzzone Twitter

Worse than that is that the Facebook feed is not from the campaign account, but from his personal account. The campaign account listed on the campaign website has not had a post since November 2013.  Here is why not to use a personal account for updates:

Facebook Pages Info

I know it seems like I am picking on Guy a little (or a lot depending on who you support in this race). OK, I am a little but it is in the hopes that he will change some of his social media practices going forward. I have met and like Guy and really want to follow his posts and hopes he utilizes social media to connect with potential voters and communicate with us between now and November.

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race:

Senate District 13 Facebook August

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Scott E #HoCoPolitics

 

Maryland State Senate – District 12 – August Technology Scorecard

Senate 12It has been a while since I have looked at this race. Let’s see how the candidates are doing…

The candidates:

Edward Kasemeyer (D) – http://www.edkasemeyer.com/

Jesse Pippy (R) – http://www.jessepippy.com/

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

8/21/14

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Edward Kasemeyer (D)

157 (+42)

Jesse Pippy (R)

837 (+594)

357 (+63)

6

Comments: Jesse Pippy has made the biggest gains since the last evaluation in May. By adding almost 600 new Facebook followers Jesse has taken a commanding advantage on that platform. Jesse also recently added an Instagram account. I like the use of that social media platform and I hope to see it listed on the campaign website very soon.

Edward Kasemeyer has not added many new followers since May. More use (posts) would probably help going forward. I hope this team considers reaching out on additional platforms to potential voters going forward.

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Jesse Pippy had a slightly better week with Facebook engagement)

Senate District 12 Facebook August

I have to say that Jesse Pippy holds the technology outreach advantage in this race. He is on more platforms, posting more often and has by far the most followers.

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Scott E #HoCoPolitics

Maryland State Delegate – District 18 – Primary Results

Montgomery County Districts

Here are the results of the Primary Election on June 24th

Delegate District 18 Primary Results

Comments: I think we all knew the “Newcomers” were going to have a difficult time knocking off any of the existing Delegates so the outcome was really not a surprise. I will say that I was a little surprised that Emily Shetty ended up with the most votes out of the newcomers. Great for her. I hope to see more from her in the future. As there are no Republicans challenging I will say congratulations to all three returning Delegates.

Obviously this scorecard will not continue going forward…but always know I will be keeping an eye on social media outreach of the Delegates. I look forward to informative posts on all of those accounts in the future.

Interested in the May Technology Outreach Scorecard for this race? Check it out here: http://scottesoftware.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/maryland-state-delegate-district-18-may-technology-scorecard/

Scott E

Maryland State Senate – District 4 – August Technology Scorecard

MD State Senate General ElectionI was hoping that it would not come down to this but I have to suspend this scorecard going forward. The reason is that one candidate is using technology and social media for outreach and the other candidate is not as of today.

Michael Hough has done an excellent job with his website and various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) for outreach to potential voters.

Dan Rupli has not done much at all. He had a Twitter account at one point but it is no longer operational. He does have an updated website…but that is about it.

I will check in from time to time to see if anything changes but as of today I am suspending this evaluation and calling Michael Hough the outright technology outreach leader in this race.

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Scott E

Maryland State Delegate – District 04 – August Technology Scorecard

Maryland FlagThis is the first update to this scorecard since June 21st. As an FYI…I will not be continuing the State Senate District 4 Scorecard evaluations going forward. There is only one candidate doing anything at this point and does not warrant continued updates at this time.

Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat

Gene Stanton – http://www.stantonfordelegate.org/

Republican

Kathy Afzali (Delegate District 4A) – http://delegatekathyafzali.com/

Kelly Schulz (Delegate District 4A) – http://www.delegateschulz.com/

David Vogt III – https://vogtformaryland.com/

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

8/12/14

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Gene Stanton

407 (+25)

126 (+21)

 
       

Kathy Afzali

788 (+1)

1460 (-3)

 

Kelly Schulz

1084 (+567)

85 (+5)

 

David Vogt III

1200 (+14)

5641 (-31)

Yes

Comments: Kelly Schulz did some significant improvements to her website and social media accounts. The new website and social media account look much better and I am excited to watch these accounts going forward. Kelly now has over 1,000 Facebook followers which is a significant gain over the old page. This team really needs to work to strengthen their Twitter presence as they trail all other candidates in this race.

Gene Stanton added the most new Twitter followers since the last evaluation. This team is still trailing the other candidates and continued use and further promotion will be important going forward.

Neither Kathy Afzali nor David Vogt made significant follower gains on Facebook. Both candidates ended up with net losses in Twitter followers since the last evaluation. I am sure this is not what they had hoped for after the Primary.

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Kelly Schulz by far had the best week on Facebook with follower engagement).

District 4 Facebook Activity August

At this point I would have to say that all three Republican candidates hold the technology outreach lead in this race today. I will continue to watch the trends going forward and may rethink this if the new follower trends continues as it has over the past couple of evaluations.

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Scott E

Anne Arundel County Executive – August Technology Scorecard

Anne Arundel Logo After a very interesting Primary it is down to two candidates (Schuh vs Johnson). Based on the total number of votes in the Primary this could be a close race and using every tool available may be very important for these candidates.

Now on to the evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat

George Johnson - http://georgefjohnson.com/

Republican

Steve Schuh  – www.steveschuh.com

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

8/10/14

George Johnson

Steve Schuh

Facebook

395 (+196)

2554 (+197)

Twitter

267 (+124)

982 (+102)

Google+

21 (+3)

YouTube

Yes

 

Yes

Instagram

53 (+2)

Comments: Steve Schuh holds an obvious technology outreach advantage today. His social media accounts have been active much longer than his opponent and he has done a good job attracting and retaining followers on his various social media channels. My one criticism is the campaign is still linking their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

There is some positive news for George Johnson, he added more followers that Steve Schuh on Twitter (by a slim margin) and added an equal number of Facebook followers since that last evaluation in June. Social media is about engagement and trends and this is a positive trend that the Johnson camp should embrace and promote.

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Steve Schuh had the best week with Facebook Engagement).

AA CE Facebook Activity August

Steve Schuh is the technology outreach leader in this race today. His follower advantage and outreach on the various social media platforms is just better than George Johnson today. I will continue to watch this race and the trends as I expect this to be a very interesting race through November.

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Scott E

Maryland State Delegate – District 13 – August Technology Scorecard

Howard County DistrictsThe candidates as a whole in this race remain one of the least active groups I evaluate. There is still time for the candidates to change but I do not have high hopes at this point. I spent some time at the Howard County Fair on its last day in hopes of seeing some of these candidate. I found one (Jimmy Williams).

Jimmy Williams at Howard County Fair

Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat

Vanessa Atterbeary – www.electvanessaatterbeary.com

Shane Pendergrass (Delegate District 13) – http://www.shanependergrass.com/

Frank Turner (Delegate District 13) – http://www.votefrankturner.com/

Republican

Danny Eaton – http://www.dannyeaton.com/

Jimmy Williams – http://jimmywilliamsfordelegate.com/

Chris Yates – http://democracy.com/chrisyates/

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

8/10/14

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

LinkedIn

Instagram

Vanessa Atterbeary

753 (+18)

81 (+9)

Yes

Yes

104 (+4)

Shane Pendergrass

Frank Turner

Danny Eaton

Yes

Jimmy Williams

162 (+13)

211 (+8)

Yes

33 (+29)

Chris Yates

Comments: I will start with some of the new stuff added to the scorecard. I am now listing Chris Yates pages on Democracy.com. I know it is not a “real” campaign site but at least it is something to list for this candidate. Danny Eaton launched a YouTube channel and posted one video. Time will tell if this candidate decides to do more with this social media platform. *Update – I forgot to mention that Jimmy Williams has released two new videos on his YouTube channel since the last evaluation. Click the link above and check them out.*

Vanessa Atterbeary continues to hold a significant follower advantage on Facebook. Now if she would just start using the site again. There have been no posts since June 25th.

Jimmy Williams is the only candidate active on social media. He is not gaining followers at a significant pace but at least he is giving an effort. That is much more than I can say about any of the other candidates. I do like the fact that he picked up a decent number of new followers on Instagram.

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Jimmy is the only candidate posting so he easily leads in Facebook engagement).

Delegate 13 Facebook Activitiy August

I am not going to choose an outright technology outreach leader in this race today. Maybe in the future. If you talk with these candidate I recommend that you urge them to begin using social media for outreach to us (I live in D13 and that is why I say us).

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Scott E #HoCoPolitics