Social media is a great tool for getting information out to the public, sharing opinions and interacting, but it’s also ripe with negatives. It’s easy to misconstrue the tone of a post – is a person legitimately asking you question, or are they sarcastically insulting you? In the past few weeks I’ve had to deal with blatant bullies popping up on my page, not only attacking me, but my supporters. I considered closing my facebook page, but I realized that would just give the “haters” something more to complain about, and more importantly, it would disconnect me from the people I want to hear from, the nearly 1,300 (and growing) friends on my page that got me through the primary, and that is something I will not do.
The positive response on my page after the primary was humbling, I could spend all day replying to comments and messages, and I’ve tried to find and address the comments that asked questions, but I don’t think it’s the best way to communicate. Those that know me, know that I’m an old fashioned guy – I’d much prefer to have a face-to-face or small group conversation, than post back and forth on Facebook – so that’s what I’ll be focusing on for the remainder of the campaign.
I’ll keep my page to share information, for example, over the next few weeks we’ll be posting my plans for Duluth on ChuckHorton.net and we’ll share links to them on Facebook. I’ll also keep you up-to-date on campaign happenings, and events and forums I’ll be attending.
If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, please contact me personally, I’ve provided all my contact information below. We can set-up a time to meet, talk on the phone, or email. It’s only with the input of the citizens of Duluth that we can fix this city.
As for my Facebook page, I may not be able to reply to every post, but please feel free to to use it as a place to message me ideas. I only ask that if you post on the page, please keep it kind. If it’s a criticism, please make it constructive. Remember, kids as young as 13 can have Facebook accounts, children I mentor and my own kids are on my page, and we need to make sure we are modeling the behaviors we want them to learn.
I look forward to connecting with voters in a more “real” way. I’m excited to hear your concerns, ideas and dreams for Duluth. We’ve got so much to work with here, we just need the right leader to pull the communities together and move us forward, I know I can do it.
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