The Best Campaign Websites in PA

We’ve looked and looked, clicked and clicked, and here are the best campaign websites and social media accounts in PA.

Campaigns (and campaign ads) are increasingly moving online, and an aesthetic, easy to navigate website is a must have for serious candidates at all levels.

Here are the sites that stand out.

Best Website for a Statewide Candidate

Kathleen Kane for Attorney General

It’s tough to pick the best website from among the 8 candidates for statewide office. They’re mostly similar, and similarly good.

Kane’s site is sleek, visually engaging and comprehensive. It’s well-maintained and compliments her social media efforts. What puts it over the top is the prominence of her “PSU Scandal” page. No issue will play bigger in this race than Sandusky case, and given her resume, it’s already a natural boost for her. The site best emphasizes her strengths.

Runner up: Tom Smith for Senate. His main site is solid, and his ancillary policy site does a good job making long chunks of text appear aesthetic.

Best Use of Social Media

Gene Stilp for Congress (Facebook, Twitter)

(D-Dauphin). Success in this category requires a candidate to engaging without being incessant, and Stilp strikes the right balance.  He’s a candidate made for social media. A quirky, good government gadfly, he’s best known for his enormous pig props. But he also has an avid online presence and uses it effectively to engage supporters, build crowds, and publicize events. He’s turned social media into regular earned media, too, in this news report on Fox43. He faces Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne).

A shoutout also to Sen. Pat Toomey, whose campaign facebook page has more followers than any other in PA – nearly 20,000. As far as this cycle, Tom Smith’s facebook page has the most social media followers at 12,411.

Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco) wins most entertaining social media account for his facebook page.

Best Website for a Congressional Candidate

Mike Kelly for Congress

(R-Butler). Few sites pop like Kelly’s does. The first term freshman Republican hasn’t been shy about national media appearances, and he puts them to work effectively in the state’s most visually appealing campaign website.

Runner up: Kathy Boockvar for Congress (D-Bucks). The site looks good and it’s easy to navigate.

Best Website for a State Senate Candidate

John McNally for SD-15

(R-Dauphin). The site looks sharp, the issues section is tight, and he even lists his tax returns from the past 5 years!

Runner up: Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco). Leach keeps an active online presence via social media, and his website serves a good home base for his many online fans.

Best Website for a State House Candidate

Tommy Sankey for HD-74

(R-Clearfield). Can you guess what line of work Sankey is in? This is one of the top open seat races in the state this year, and this website does everything right. Its crisp design reinforces the candidate’s message and it has the right amount of media vs. text. This site is congressional or statewide calibur.

Runner up: Dave Kralle (R-Phila). His site was built for a special election in April, but it’s still sharp. Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Chester). He’s not one of those incumbents who let campaign websites slip by the wayside. Clear and well laid out.

September 11th, 2012 | Posted in Congress, Features, Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 12 Comments

12 thoughts on “The Best Campaign Websites in PA”

  1. John says:

    Tommy Sankey for HD-74 : If you like the website you will love the candidate!

    A businessman/accountant- hands on manager is running against a “experienced political entity”.

  2. Interested Observer says:

    I like Kampf’s. It’s clean, simple and gives you information. MontCo Dem calls it bland, but in this case it’s substance over style — same as Kampf vs. Drucker.

  3. Ha! Good catch Joe, thanks.

  4. joe says:

    Rep. Dave Kralle? Ummm he was never a Rep. He lost the special election.

  5. PAINDY1 says:

    When is Keith the Candidate Rothfus going to come clean and tell the truth on his private sector work for Faith Healer Pat Robertson’s right wing legal extremist factory? Isn’t this fine institution the home of the vaginal probe legislation? http://youtu.be/w_kmwqNfsQc

  6. Tim Shmit says:

    On the Keith Rothfus comment… I don’t think Mark Critz has created any jobs lately. I am pretty sure his home county of Cambria has unemployment around 9.5percent. Also I am pretty sure our national unemployment hasn’t gone under 8 percent since Obama and Critz took their office. I’ll take a guy from the private sector over someone that has been in government/JackMurtha his entire career.

  7. Kampf? Seriously? It’s a boring, prefab, fill-in-the-blanks, plain vanilla site. Then again, it does reflect almost exactly the same attributes as its candidate.

  8. AJ says:

    You forgot Rep. Jesse White- he’s awesome on Facebook. Funny, informative and engaging.

  9. Bill says:

    The Sankey website might be good, but the candidate is outstanding!

  10. Andy says:

    wow Sy! you must have a real hard-on for graphics. The Sankey site doesnt even have any content. Flashy pictures and three sentence issue positions are nice , but content and interactive features are what make a site great.

  11. PAINDY1 says:

    I especially like KEITH THE CANDIDATE ROTHFUS’S SITE, not for the information that it gives but what it does not tell about his bio. It makes no mentions of any jobs he created because he never created any. It does not talk about his stellar work for faith healer pat robertson. Furthermore, it gives no clear view as to what he did for FEMA during the Katrina relief. If you are looking for a politically deceitful web site by ommission, see Keith the candidate’s!

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