While City Hall has seen a steady stream of early voters for the April 15 runoff election, the Internet offers another measure of how much voter interest candidates have attracted.
The “Gregg Hull Mayor of Rio Rancho” page on Facebook, a social networking service with over 1 billion users, has 1,105 likes, compared to 199 for “Michael J. Williams for Rio Rancho Mayor.”
The YouTube channel for Hull’s campaign has five videos with a total of 1,483 views, while the “Mike Williams for Rio Rancho Mayor” YouTube video has 2,470 views.
On the business-oriented LinkedIn network website, where each candidate describes himself as running for mayor and provides a partial résumé, Williams has 443 connections and Hull has connected with 218.
On Twitter, a micro-blogging platform, Hull has 28 followers, whereas Williams has not set up a profile.
The gregghullforrr Instagram account has 75 followers. On Pinterest, Hull has one follower. Hull has attracted four followers on Google Plus. Williams has not set up accounts with any of those social networking platforms.
Williams chose not to create a campaign website. Hull has a website, gregghull.com, with biographical information, a platform, endorsements, volunteering opportunities, methods to contact the campaign and a link for online contributions.
Shelby Smith, District 5 candidate for city council, has a campaign website, jshelbysmith.com, and a “Shelby Smith for City Council” Facebook page with 439 likes. Tom Buckner, his opponent, has neither a campaign website nor a campaign page on Facebook.
On LinkedIn, Smith has two connections while Buckner has 95.
For voters looking for more impartial information about the candidates, two other websites provide written surveys and statements from the candidates.
The Observer administered questionnaires, interviewed candidates and published profiles, which are available at these shortened web addresses:
• Buckner at bit.ly/1gF9rKe;
• Hull at bit.ly/1kknMng;
• Smith at bit.ly/1g1J0z0; and
• Williams at bit.ly/1sttnsP.
Candidate questionnaires and biographical statements also appear on the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce website: rrrcc.org/election-2014.