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

Maryland State Delegate – District 12 – August Technology Scorecard

Howard County Districts I am so happy we have moved beyond the Primary and into the General election cycle for this race. There were just way to many candidates to evaluate during the Primary. I spent some time at the Howard County Fair today and unfortunately I did not run into any of these candidates. They all must have been out door knocking in D12.

Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat

Eric Ebersole – http://www.ericebersole.org/

Terri Hill -http://www.friendsofterrihill.org/

Clarence K. Lam - http://www.clarencelam.com/

Republican

Gordon Bull – http://gordonbull.com/

Joseph D.”Joe” Hooe – http://www.joehooe.org/

Rick Martel – No website found via Google searches

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

8/9/14

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

LinkedIn

Eric Ebersole

561 (+17)

80 (+19)

Terri Hill

748 (+70)

58 (+26)

Clarence K. Lam

557 (+13)

453 (+32)

Yes

Yes

Gordon Bull

343 (+40)

Joseph D. “Joe” Hooe

243 (+23)

66 (+6)

Rick Martel

161 (+2)

Comments: Terri Hill made significant gains with Facebook followers since the last evaluation. She also added the second most new Twitter followers.

Clarence Lam added the most new Twitter followers and holds a significant advantage on that platform. It is nice to see Clarence using YouTube and LinkedIn for outreach. I hope other candidates do the same in the near future.

Gordon Bull did a nice job adding the second most new Facebook followers and leads all Republican candidates on that platform.

Rick Martel is in desperate need of a website. He actually lists one on his Facebook page, but it does not work. So disappointing.

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

Delegate District 12 Facebook August

Without question Clarence Lam is the overall technology outreach leader and I would have to say all of the Democrats hold an advantage over the Republican candidates today. Gordon Bull showed some strength and I will be very interested in seeing if he can continue that in the months ahead.

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Scott E #HoCoPolitics

 

Howard County Executive – August Technology Scorecard

Photo credit: Luke Lavoie @LukeHoCoTimes

Photo credit: Luke Lavoie
@LukeHoCoTimes

The last evaluation of this race was back in May so I thought I would start off the weekend with this update. I can not say enough how impressive both of these candidates are with online outreach. My hope is that more candidates learn from this race and expand their online outreach to potential voters.

Now on to the evaluation…

The candidates:

Courtney Watson – Democrat – http://www.courtneywatson.com/

Allan Kittleman – Republican – http://kittleman.com/

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

8/9/14

Courtney Watson

Allan Kittleman

Facebook

2871 (+300)

3137 (+450)

Twitter

1654 (+146)

1912 (+161)

Google+

Yes

27 (+8)

LinkedIn

Yes

 

Yes

YouTube/Vimeo

Yes

 

Yes

Instagram

164 (+53)

16

Flickr

Yes

 

Yes

Comments: Allan has taken slight follower leads on Facebook and Twitter. This team has also recently added an Instagram account (although it is not listed on the campaign website yet – hope that gets correct soon).

Team Watson has continued to make nice gains on all of their social media accounts. The most impressive is how this team has grown their Instagram followers.

Both candidates have recently released commercials.  I am not really going to say much about the content of those ads but I will note that Allan has his available on his YouTube channel. Courtney does not have hers publicly available yet on her Vimeo channel. I really hope she changes that soon.

Both have spent time at the Howard County Fair this week. I believe both will be out there again today to walk in the final parade. Here are some photos they have posted recently from the fair:

Watson HoCo Fair Kittleman HoCo Fair

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Kittleman has had the most impressive week on Facebook with follower engagement).

Howard County Executive Facebook Activity August

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Scott E #HoCoPolitics

Howard County Council – District One Race – August Technology Scorecard

Howard County Council Districts Map This was a great race to watch during the Primary and I look forward to watching how social media shapes this race going forward. On a side note the Ravens preseason begins tonight at 7:30pm against the 49ers. I am so going to watch the first quarter of the game…then I will probably switch off and watch the remainder of the O’s game vs Toronto. Go Ravens and O’s tonight.

Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat

Jon Weinstein – http://voteweinstein.com/

Republican

Kevin Forrest Schmidt – http://www.kevinforrestschmidt.com/

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

8/7/14

Weinstein

Schmidt

Facebook

827 (+123)

329 (+23)

Twitter

277 (+53)

159 (+38)

LinkedIn

Yes

 

Yes

Google+

18 (+5)

Instagram

16

Comments: Jon Weinstein holds significant advantages in followers on Facebook and Twitter. He has also continued to add to his lead on those platforms since the last evaluation in June.

I really like the fact that Kevin Schmidt is on Google+ and now Instagram. He is the only candidate left on those platforms and that could pay off in this race if he is able to use them to help build his online social media presence.

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

HCCD1 Facebook Activity August

Right now I would have to give Jon Weinstein the overall technology outreach advantage in this race. His follower advantage and engagement on Facebook over the past week is impressive. It is a long race and I will continue to track the changes going forward. Make sure to check back for updates to this race and many others.

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Scott E #HoCoPolitics