|John Connolly||connollyforboston.com||low/mod.||would go to realtor|
|Sean Ryan||seanryanforcitycouncil.com||moderate||parked for someone|
|Steve Murphy||stephenjmurphy.com||moderate||goes to spammer|
First, all seven have working sites before the campaigns start in earnest. These are fairly easy to find, although none has the great advantages of simple, noun name (think apple.com or very simple names like Bill Smith or even Mike Ball) and even the Irish-American names have numerous possible spelling variations (how many n, l or e's?). Five went to eponymous URLs, although Murphy had to go with his formal name, which no one short of his mother when she's angry might call him. Likewise Connolly and Ryan had to go for longer, more typo-susceptible URLs.
The standout site is decidedly John Connolly's. Among its features are:
- Magazine-style template that makes choosing features easy
- Enough animation in slides to keep your interest without overpowering you
- Constituents as obvious in his pix as himself
- Attractive custom logo/head
- Seven sensible tabs up top with full content behind them
- Key volunteer, donate and email update choices big and in prime real estate (top right)
- Clear pull-down menu choices that open to manageable sub-sites
PressleyFirst termer Pressley has a pretty good site. She also has a pretty good marketing angle.
ArroyoThis is one site we need to check frequently, as an unfinished artwork. For example, of the seven it is the only one who promises a bilingual English/Spanish interface. A few days ago, it had next to nothing. As of 8/11, nearly everything except his policy statements, print media and contacts was in both languages. The policy/platform is an issue, but I expect it to be done soon.
ConnollyBig John is an affable and accomplished guy. I can't deny that I like him and I admire his perseverance and courage in trying to wrangle the education herd. His website reflects his self-confidence and his deep analysis of big issues.
FlahertyThis is a fairly spare site, particularly for such an experienced pol. In fairness, he just got the site up. He and Will Dorcena are playing catch-up here.
- Schools have three vague proposals (like shifting BPS focus to students)
- Safety has more specificity but is still a bit spongy (like providing safe after-school programs)
- Jobs offers a more comprehensive set of goals (like going after more DOT money and squeezing banks for more small biz loans)
- Open government has four solid points (think online city checkbook) that together would create a program for which he and the Council could be held account for implementing
- Services is a vague place holder (open office policy and acting timely and efficiently)
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