Montgomery County Council Races – Technology Reference Card

Montgomery County Council There are LOTS of candidates running for County Council in Montgomery County Maryland. This reference card is your one stop location for all of the various campaign social media accounts being utilized by the various candidates. We hope you find this a useful resource to learn all you need to know to help make a decision before voting. (Note – personal Facebook pages listed on candidate websites have been omitted from this reference card).

Updated: 4/19/14

4/19/14

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At Large
Beth Daly (D) Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
Marc Elrich (D) Website Twitter
Nancy Floreen (D) Website Facebook Twitter Flickr
George Leventhal (D) Website Facebook Twitter
Vivian Malloy (D) Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
Hans Riemer (D) Website Twitter
Robert Dyer (R) Website Facebook Twitter
Chris Fiotes (R)
Adol Owen-Williams (R)
Shelly Skolnick (R)
Tim Willard (G) Website
District 1
Roger Berliner (D) Website Facebook Twitter
Duchy Trachtenberg (D) Website Facebook Twitter
Jim Kirkland (R)
District 2
Neda Bolourian (D) Website Facebook Twitter
Craig Rice (D) Website Twitter
Dick Jurenga (R)
District 3
Guled Kassim (D) Website Twitter  Youtube
Sidney Katz (D) Website Facebook Twitter
Tom Moore (D) Website Facebook Twitter
Ryan Spiegel (D) Website Facebook Twitter
District 4
Nancy Navarro (D) Website Facebook Twitter
John O’Malley (R)
District 5
Christopher Barclay (D) Website Facebook Twitter
Evan Glass (D) Website Facebook Twitter
Tom Hucker (D) Website Facebook Twitter
Terrill North (D) Website Facebook Twitter Linkedin
Jeffrey Thames (D) Website Facebook Twitter


Montgomery 2014 Primary Election Local Candidates List

If there is anything missed or updates to this reference card that is needed please contact me at info@scottesoftware.com or on Twitter at @scottesoftware

This might make for a good read for all of the candidates in the various races: Social Media Mistakes By Political Candidates – Part 1 – Outreach

Maryland State Delegate – District 31B – April Technology Scorecard

Delegate District 31B I did a quick review and found no new technology or major changes in this race. I will focus this review on the new number of followers obtained on the various social media platforms. To view the March Scorecard, click here.

Now on to the evaluation…

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

Democrat

Jeremiah Chiappelli - http://www.votechiappelli.com/

Stan Janor - http://stanjanor.com/

Doug Morris – No website or social media found

Republican

Brian Chisholm - http://www.chisholmformaryland.com/

Paul Drgos - http://pauldrgos.com/

Don Dwyer Jr - http://delegatedwyer.com/

Nicholaus Kipke - http://www.kipke.com/

Gus Kurtz - http://guskurtz.com/

Faith Loudon - http://www.faithloudon.com/

Meagan Simonaire - http://www.megsimonaire.com/

David Lee Therrien – No website or social media found.

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

4/18/14

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Flickr

Jeremiah Chiappelli

Stan Janor

30 (+2)

Doug Morris

Brian Chisholm

650 (+47)

157 (+26)

Paul Drgos

108 (+24)

1260 (+44)

Don Dwyer Jr.

Personal Page

530 (+26)

Yes

Nicholaus Kipke

3446 (+39)

1669 (+67)

Yes

Yes

Gus Kurtz

Faith Louden

636 (+8)

186 (+5)

Meagan Simonaire

330

David Lee Therrien

Here are my takeaways from the scorecard above:

On Facebook – Chisholm had the best month adding new followers. Kipke and Drgos also did a good job adding new followers. I was able to find a Facebook page for Simonaire but the link is not on her website yet. Dwyer is still listing a personal page.

On Twitter – Kipke had the best month adding new followers. Drgos did a nice job coming in second as far as adding new Twitter followers. Chisholm and Dwyer did a nice job also.

I really think more outreach is needed from many of the candidates. This might make for a good read: Social Media Mistakes By Political Candidates – Part 1 – Outreach

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

Montgomery County Executive – Technology Reference Card

Montgomery County Maryland I have done scorecards for two other County Executive races (Howard County & Anne Arundel County) and thought I would put something together for the Montgomery County race. I have decided to put together a reference card instead of the full scorecard (for professional reasons). I will update this reference card if any new technology is added in the future.

Updated: 4/18/14

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Phil Andrews (D)

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Doug Duncan (D)

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Flickr

Ike Leggett (D)

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Jim Shalleck (R)

Website

Facebook

Montgomery 2014 Primary Election Local Candidates List

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Maryland State Delegate – District 9B – April Technology Scorecard

District 9BAs I look at the candidates in this race again I am excited to announce that all of the errors I had pointed out in the past (linking of accounts and non working links) have all been corrected. You can read the March Scorecard here. There has also been some new technology added in this race from one of the candidates.

Now on to the evaluation…

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

Democrat:

Tom Coale - http://tomcoale.com/ 

Rich Corkran - http://richcorkran.com/

Republican:

Bob Flanagan - www.flanaganfordelegate.com

Carol Loveless - http://www.carolloveless.com/

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

4/16/14

Coale

Corkran

Flanagan

Loveless

Facebook

803 (+76)

496 (+22)

744 (+43)

Twitter

1132 (+42)

8 (+0)

156 (+73)

274 (+93)

Google+

30

YouTube

Yes

Here are my takeaways from the scorecard above:

Tom Coale had a nice month. He and his team added the most new Facebook followers in the past month and continues to hold a significant advantage in Twitter followers.

Rich Corkran again did nothing. If this trend continues I will have no choice but to remove the candidate from the scorecard.

Bob Flanagan got a nice spike in new Twitter followers. This team is still trailing but this spike in new followers could be a positive sign.

Carol Loveless added the most new Twitter followers in the past month. This team has doubled their total number of followers in two months. This team also remains a close second in total number of Facebook followers. Adding Google+ to the campaign is a nice touch and I am always supportive of new technology outreach.

The only mistake I can point out this month - The Tom Coale team has a Google+ account (https://plus.google.com/+Tomcoale9b/posts) but it is not listed on the campaign website. Listing it will help attract more followers and will get it listed on the scorecard above.

Based on the numbers I am going to continue to name Tom Coale as the technology outreach leader. Tom and his team did a great job adding new Facebook followers and the Twitter lead remains significant. Carol Loveless remains the number two slot today and I really like what she and her team is doing with technology outreach. This will be a race I will continue to monitor closely every month.

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.

HoCoBlogs Interested in politics in Howard County? Here is a good HoCoBlogs Twitter list to follow: https://twitter.com/HoCoBlogs/lists/hocomd-elected-officials. There are a number of elected officials and candidates in Howard County to follow on Twitter.

Scott E

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Recent YouTube Videos – Republican Candidates in Maryland

Youtube I recently did a posting sharing some Democrat candidates videos so I thought I would take a moment and share a few videos from various Republican candidates. Creating and sharing videos about a candidate can be an effect tool in a campaigns social media strategy.

Dedicated (Larry Hogan – candidate for Governor) – posted April 3rd – 700 views as of today

About Steve (Steve Schuh – candidate for Anne Arundel County Executive) – posted March 3rd – 17 views as of today

Katey O’Donnell of APRI Supports Allan Kittleman for Howard County Executive - posted February 27th – 16 views as of today

Lollar-Timmerman ticket announced on FOX45 (Charles Lollar – candidate for Governor) – posted February 24th – 336 views as of today

There have been other videos posted but just wanted to give some examples of what some candidates are doing today. If you are running for office in 2014, give some consideration to YouTube or Vimeo videos to help spread your message to potential voters and donors.

Are you on Google+? We are also. Check us out here: GooglePlus

Scott E

Howard County Council – District One Race – April Technology Scorecard

Howard County Council Districts Map It what remains the most popular scorecard I am happy to update the HCC District 1 race for the third month. Click here to read the March Scorecard.

I was pleased to see one of the candidates add some new technology to their campaign. I hope these candidates in this race continue the great work of using technology for outreach to voters.

Now on to the evaluation…

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

Democratic Candidates

Dave Grabowski - http://grabowskicountycouncil.com/ 

Lisa Markovitz - http://votelisamarkovitz.com/

Wendy Royalty – http://www.wendyroyalty4hoco.com/

Jon Weinstein - http://voteweinstein.com/

Republican Candidates

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

David Blake Melton – I was unable to find a website or any social media outreach via Google searches

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

4/15/14

Grabowski Markovitz Royalty Weinstein Schmidt

Melton

Facebook

138 (+8)

250 (+120)

482 (+26)

480 (+49)

281 (+16)

Twitter

15 (+1)

18 (+6)

138 (+31)

175 (+24)

84 (+33)

LinkedIn

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Google+

18 (+6)

Instagram

24 (+6)

YouTube

Yes

Yes

Pinterest

Yes

Here are my takeaways from the scorecard above:

Grabowski is still doing very little on his social media accounts and not gaining many new followers.

Markovitz had another big spike in Facebook followers. Still shocked at the lack of new followers on Twitter. That is two months in a row for this trend for this campaign. This team also added Pinterest this month. I love the idea and hope it pays off in the future.

Royalty had steady gains across the board. This team continues to lead in Facebook followers and they continue to have the most overall technology outreach in this race.

Weinstein had a nice jump in Facebook followers and continues to leads in Twitter followers.

Schmidt added the most new Twitter followers and did pretty well overall.

Still unable to find any outreach for Melton.

I have deemed April as look at Facebook interaction month (OK, I need a better name for that). Social media interaction is important in that is shows how engaged your followers are with posts on the various accounts. If you want “organic” (not paid) new followers this is an important factor for candidates and their staff to keep an eye on going forward. I will look at the number of likes and shares a candidate has received on their last five Facebook posts (within the last week). Here is what I found this evening:

Grabowski: 25 likes and 1 share

Markovitz: 21 likes

Royalty: 94 likes and 3 shares

Weinstein: 22 likes

Schmidt: No posts in the past week

Wendy Royalty seems to have the most active follower interaction recently. This is a good sign for the candidate and team.

I have no changes in my top three technology outreach leaders. Wendy Royalty continues to hold an overall lead with Jon Weinstein in second and Kevin Schmidt in third. I love what Lisa Markovitz and her team is doing but I can’t get past the lack of new Twitter followers.

Of course the reality of followers, likes, +1′s 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 the candidates.

If you are interested in other candidates for Howard County Council check out the Howard County Council Technology Reference Card here:  http://scottesoftware.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/howard-county-council-races-technology-reference-card/

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/

Scott E

 

Recent YouTube Videos – Democrat Candidates in Maryland

Youtube I am a big fan of using YouTube to promote a candidate as part of a campaigns social media strategy. Here are a few recent videos from Democrat candidates in Maryland:

“Healthcare” | Doug Gansler (candidate for Governor) – posted April 11th – 179 views as of today

Sundays (Anthony Brown - candidate for Governor) – posted April 9th – 571 views as of today

McCutcheon Rapid Response Rally (John Sarbanes - US Congress District 3) – posted April 4th – 17 views as of today

Some Call it Grass Roots… (Daniel Medinger - Candidate Maryland State Senate District 9) – posted March 20th – 129 views as of today

There have been other videos posted but just wanted to give some examples of what some candidates are doing today. If you are running for office in 2014, give some consideration to YouTube or Vimeo videos to help spread your message to potential voters and donors.

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Scott E