Moffat County candidates utilizing Internet for voter outreach
Some Moffat County candidates are using tech-friendly, non-traditional methods to get their campaign platforms across to voters.
Five local candidates have decided to branch out and use the Internet for social media and networking. The candidates agreed the Web provides a cheap, modern method to reaching a large number of potential voters, and helps them remain in public view as the August primary draws closer.
Carol Scott, a Republican candidate for Moffat County Assessor, currently has a Facebook page, and a website is under construction, for her campaign.
Scott said she would pursue more traditional forms of campaigning as her campaign continues, but the Internet is a cheap and easy way to get started.
Scott said she posts to Facebook the various places she will be campaigning in hopes voters will attend.
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She hopes the website will allow her to connect with voters.
“I just don’t know how many people will actually visit my website, but it’s a venue that is fairly easy to use and be available to people if they are inclined,” she said. “The information will be right there.”
Frank Moe, a Republican candidate for the Moffat County Commission District 3 seat, has a website and a Facebook page.
“The candidate is only the mouthpiece for the people,” Moe said. “Even though they are words that anyone can say, I truly believe that you are not the person that tells everybody else what to do, you are the person that takes all of the input.”
Moe also has plans to launch a YouTube page, cell phone texting list, r unning blog and a page on the social networking site, Twitter.
“We are going to do all the things necessary to get all of the input from the people and get my word out,” he said.
Kirk McKey, a Republican candidate for county coroner, has a Facebook page and a website. He said the technology allows him to campaign to voters “on their terms.”
“The voter is going to be bombarded this summer with all the political races going on,” he said. “I kind of want to respect people’s privacy, but I do want (them to know) that I am available to meet with them or talk with them.”
McKey is running for county coroner against Larry Dalton, a Republican.
Because this year is the first contested coroner’s race since 1954, McKey said his Internet presence is important to put a face on his candidacy.
“There hasn’t been any need to know the coroner — it has just been a job that has been taken care of,” he said. “There just wasn’t a choice. Now there is a choice. They definitely have to know the face of the coroner this year.”
Tami Barnes, a write-in candidate for the county commission District 2 seat, has developed a Facebook page, and her website is under construction.
Barnes focuses her Facebook posts on keeping residents informed of current political issues at the county, state and federal levels.
“It seems like the Internet is working wonders,” she said. “It seems like when people want their information, rather than going to hard copy, they go to the Internet.”
Barnes said her presence on the Internet models her campaign platform of maintaining government transparency, as well as reaching out to communities outside of Craig.
“The outlying community is mostly ranchers and people that (may not) have access to the newspaper on a daily basis … it goes the same with campaigning,” she said. “They can’t just jump in the car and go to campaign meetings or things like that because we all have ranches to run or farms to run.”
Audrey Danner, the incumbent District 2 commissioner by appointment, is seeking election this year and uses her Facebook page to alert voters to issues facing the county and tell them where she might be campaigning.
“It is a unique way to get out information and possibly reach different audiences,” she said.
Danner, who is also developing a website, said she also feels using the Internet is important to keep voters aware.
“I would like to present information on the key issues facing the board of commissioners and what I know about them and how I position myself on those issues,” she said. “That will create informed voters.”
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