On the national stage, more and more political candidates are utilizing the Internet to get their message out. Now, a Delegate candidate is aiming to connect with West Virginia voters online. Robbie Morris, candidate for House of Delegates in the 37th District, which encompasses Randolph and Pocahontas counties, recently launched a state-of-the-art campaign Web site, www.ElectRobbieMorris.com. The site is designed to serve as a platform to communicate with and hear the concerns of voters in his district.
"The site was developed to afford the voters in my district the opportunity to communicate directly with me, even though there's a lot of geographic space between our communities," Morris said. "Not everyone can attend a 'meet-the-candidate' or other political function. This allows all our voters in the 37th District to share their voice and be heard.
"The site allows me to post updates in real time, even from my cell phone while I'm on the campaign trail at events. I'm able to let voters know where they can meet me to discuss any concerns they have," he said.
Other features on the site include interactive polling, campaign promotional material requests, interactive volunteer sign-ups, online contribution forms and news/press resources.
"It's secure and discreet - to hopefully encourage people to be more comfortable in communicating exactly what's on their mind," Morris said. "A lot of important issues can also be personal or private. They don't want to talk about those issues in front of a hundred other people at a town hall meeting. I understand and respect that."
Morris said the site was never intended to replace meeting people in person, and he's still exhausting every effort to get out and continue the conversation with residents in person. He "hopes that this tool will serve as a role model for the kind of open, transparent, continued conversation we should have in our state government between the leadership and their voters."