With less than 2 months until the August 8th primary, I became curious about how many local legislative candidates have purely political websites up and running. Note to incumbents: No, your legislative homepage that every member gets doesn't count!
A campaign website can signal a candidate is serious and organized. Or maybe future political results will prove a campaign website isn't that important after all. Either way, this is what I found online:
Of the 16 Republicans running for the State House or State Senate in Springfield, just 4 have campaign websites I can find. They include:
Rep. Jim Viebrock of the 134th district, www.missourifirst.com
Candidate Dan Scott, running in the 137th district, http://electdanscott.com
Candidate Steve Helms, running in the 138th district, http://www.stevehelms.net
Rep. Bob Dixon of the 140th district, http://www.bobdixon.com
Of the 11 Democrats running for the State House or State Senate in Springfield, 9 have campaign websites I can find. They include:
Candidate Christopher Brown, running in the 134th district, http://electchristopherbrown.com
Candidate Nancy Hagan, running in the 135th district, http://electhagan.org
Candidate James Owen, running in the 136th district, http://electowen.com
Candidate Robert Brantley, running in the 137th district, http://robertbrantley.com
Candidate Charlie Norr, running in the 137th district, http://charlienorr.com
Candidate Richard Napieralski, running in the 137th district, http://137rep.blogspot.com/
Rep. Sara Lampe of the 138th district, http://saralampe.com
Candidate Jamie Schoolcraft, running in the 139th district, http://electschoolcraft.com
Candidate Doug Harpool, running in the 30th Senate district, http://harpool06.com
Democrats seem to be taking the power of the Internet more seriously, but maybe that's because they have to, being underdogs in most every race around. Maybe Republicans don't think they need sites for some of their safer seats.
Which sites are the best? Most substantive? Best Designed? What do you think?
Also, if there are candidates around the Ozarks with really impressive sites I haven't mentioned, be sure to let me know. More importantly, if there are any candidates around the Ozarks making a buzz in your area, and you think I should look into them more, let me know as well.
Happy surfing . . . but don't surf too long. This Internet is a powerful thing, but too much time on it and you'll lose touch with what's really going on out there on the ground.
After all, most voters probably won't go to any of these sites, including the one you are on right now.