Who Has the Best Campaign Website in PA?

Sam Rohrer's online presence was a strong point of his U.S. Senate bid.

Attention politicos! PoliticsPA wants to know who you think has the best campaign website in the Keystone state. Submit your suggestions here, and be sure to include the link. General election candidates only.

There’s no objective measure for the quality of a website, but the best are easy to use, aesthetically pleasing and informative. Who of the people running for office this year have it figure out?

We’ll recognize the best of the best after we’ve had the chance to review your nominations.

Here are the categories:
Best overall website for a statewide candidate
Best overall website for a congressional candidate
Best overall website for a state legislative candidate

Best website by a third party (including PACs)
Best website design
Best use of social media
Most technologically advanced website

If you can think of another good category, let us know that, too.

Editor’s note: Your submissions below are nominations, rather than votes. There is not necessarily a correlation between the number of times a candidate is nominated and whether that candidate is selected.

August 29th, 2012 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories | 44 Comments

44 thoughts on “Who Has the Best Campaign Website in PA?”

  1. A. White says:

    Mary Jo Daley
    pa State rep 148th House District

    clean and concise message for voters
    direct bullet points regarding issues
    info on district
    well designed and extremely user friendly

  2. Jim S. says:

    For state House candidates: Ryan Mackenzie’s site (134th House District) is pretty impressive – ryanforpa.com

  3. Tom O’Brien is running for the State Senate in the 13th district.

    Tom’s site is easy to use, up to date and informative on issues, events, qualifications etc.
    Facebook.com/OBrienfor PASenate.
    Twitter@OBrienPA13

  4. T.J. says:

    Tom O’Brien is running for the Senate for PA 13. His website is easy to use and the video on the homepage is very well put together. His social media presence is also very good. (Facebook.com/OBrienforPASenate) and Twitter @OBrienforPA13

  5. Lesley says:

    Ryan Bizzarro has some of the highest engagement rates on social media I’ve seen during this local election cycle. He has some of the best engagement rates and one of the largest followings for a state representative race! Not to mention he has an active presence on multiple platforms:

    facebook.com/RyanForPA
    twitter.com/ryanbizzarro
    pinterest.com/RyanForPA
    Instagram: @RyanForPA
    foursquare.com/ryanbizzarro

  6. Paul Stasney says:

    John Maher for Auditor General has a very nice design that is easy to navigate.

  7. Chris B says:

    I love Sarah Speed’s site – http://speed4pahouse.com/ Her video gives a great glimpse into what she’s all about and is helpful for voters to understand who she is.

    My other favorite is Humane PA at http://www.Humane-PA.org. There’s a scorecard to show how legislators and candidates stack up on issues related to animal cruelty, which also gives you an idea of how rational and caring (or not) our leaders are. It’s an eye-opener and a great resource!

  8. Mary Kennedy Withrow says:

    Best statewide candidate’s website:
    John Maher for Auditor General http://cpaforpa.com/

    Best state legislative candidate:
    Sarah Speed
    http://speed4pahouse.com/meet-sarah-speed/

    Best third party (PAC)
    http://humane-pa.org/ Most informative and a very large following

    Best use of social media:
    Stephen Bloom hands down
    http://www.repbloom.com/ I get his tweets to my phone so I can have the very latest info.

  9. Craig says:

    Larry Maggi’s campaign website is very aesthetic and well laid out. I think it does a great job giving voters insight and does a nice job pulling in social media. I nominate larrymaggi2012.com for the best US Congressional Website.

  10. Bronson Ford says:

    Ron Rabenold, the Democratic candidate for the 122nd Legislative district, by far has one of the nicest websites and social media programs out there! Check it out here: http://www.voterr4pahouse.com

  11. Jill Janava says:

    Karen Ramsburg for Congress has the best website. I love the Allentown video!

  12. Laura B. says:

    http://kaufernow.com/. Aaron Kaufer, Republican candidate in the 120th Legislative District.

    His FAQ page sums it up best:

    “I chose the color scheme in my design to separate myself from other politicians. In every election, the public is bombarded with the same color schemes, designs, and logos. The faces might change, but too often the new politicians resemble the ones they replace. Simply put, the color orange represents enthusiasm, creativity, and determination. These are qualities that I have exemplified throughout my life and I will continue to utilize them in Harrisburg.”

  13. Cheryl says:

    The best website…speed4pa.com. Sarah Speed is the best candidate and is running in the 47th District for the House seat. We need a woman who is intelligent and strong, who will work hard for the people of Pennsylvania!!

  14. The Humane-PA PAC Web site is great — immediate links to anything voters need to know about how legislators and candidates stand on animal issues, as well as information on becoming more politically involved.

  15. Linda Sarangoulis says:

    http://humane-pa.org/ is a great site. The primary focus is to give Pennsylvania animals a voice in Harrisburg. Candidates are polled and the results are published. This gives voters a non-partisan idea of which candidates to vote for at election time. Animals do matter – and we are demonstrating that with our voices and votes. The best facebook site is Humane USA PA PAC. We are like-minded voters who will cross party lines to vote for people who are concerned with animal welfare.

  16. Karen Ramsburg for best Congressional
    Candidate website. She’s running against the 40 year Shuster Dynasty for PA’s 9th seat in U.S. Congress. I love the Allentown video. The site is easy to navigate for us 20th century technophobes! It covers four major issues in clear, concise, engaging language. Her interesting and creative views keep one’s interest to the end. It makes donating easy.
    karenramsburg4congress.org

  17. Humane USA PA PAC is a great site to learn about all the candidates who are humane and animal friendly and to learn what bills are being voted on that affect animals. They send out a survey to candidates and endorse those who are humane and animal friendly. I always check their endorsements before I go to the poll and I look for their action alerts when I need to call my representatives regarding animal/humane legislation. They Rock!!!! We are the Voice for the Animals in Pennsylvania…. We are supporting Sarah Speed in her bid for Representative in York County because she is a great, humane candidate!

  18. Melissa Hall says:

    Sarah Speed, candidate for PA House in the 47th district, has a great website, speed4pa.com. My other favorite website is humane-pa.org- the best place for PA voters to see how their legislators have voted on animal welfare issues.

  19. Mason Jar says:

    State Rep Stephen Bloom is by far the most active on social networking. He quickly responds to facebook and twitter.

  20. Miss Piggy says:

    Social Media is all Gene Stilp.

  21. Larry blitz says:

    I nominate Missa Eaton in PA’s 3rd CD

  22. Linto Thomas says:

    EmilyRae,
    I believe the best way to find the answers to your questions is to go on Dunbar’s website or call his office.

  23. Aaron Hartman says:

    oh by the way the best websie for state house is
    Mark Rozzi
    WEBSITE, for state house best state senate is Brian Rich State Senate 29th District the best state wide race is sam rohror for us senate the best congress race site is matt cartwright for US house

  24. Susan Rzucidlo says:

    Susan F. Rzucidlo for the 158th
    http://www.SusanForPa.com

  25. G2012 says:

    Best overall website for a state legislative candidate:

    Patty Kim for State Representative (103rd)

    http://www.PattyKim.com

  26. EHood says:

    I think my State Senator, Daylin Leach’s reelection campaign website is pretty outstanding. Very streamlined and just pleasant looking – looks well thought out and put together!

  27. EmilyRae says:

    Mr. Thomas and Mr. Ferguson

    I live in Mr. Dunbar’s District and I have 3 children in public schools. I am wondering about Mr. Dunbar’s stance on education. Will he work for more funding for public schools or does he favor privatization measures like school vouchers?

  28. Scott Cannon says:

    PA 11th District Congressional Candidate Gene Stilp (D) is running a unique campaign on a shoestring budget against incumbent Republican Lou Barletta.An inexpensive social media campaign is driving his message.
    http://youtu.be/JEq2Jrkl0vo

  29. David says:

    Website: http://www.pastaterep.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RyanForPA
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/RyanBizzarro

    I would like to submit Ryan Bizzarro, candidate for PA State Rep (3rd District), for consideration as having the “best overall website for a statewide candidate”.
    I believe Ryan’s website, http://www.PAstateRep.com deserves this honor for the following reasons:

    1. Overall design is very lightweight
    2. Overall design is extremely user-friendly and inviting, making it easy for people to get informed, get involved or make a donation (those were his objectives in order of importance)
    3. Overall design works well on all browsers, including tablet and smartphone devices
    4. The site stays up-to-date with a “News Module” that allows the campaign to create updates on-the-fly
    5. The live Google Map of the 3rd district is a great tool to get a visual of the district
    6. The donations are all handled right on the secure website instead of some 3rd party, making donations a lot easier & safer
    7. Social media integration is throughout the site – but not so intrusive that it’s all you notice. The facebook “slider” docked on the left, the ability to share any page on any network, strategically placed “like” buttons – it’s very clean
    8. The site is very SEO-friendly, the domain alone makes it work well for the search engines
    9. Use of local imagery throughout the website makes it feel “close to home”

  30. Steven Hoffman says:

    Mike Doyle for State Representative has a nice website. Great layout, informative and modern. http://pa4mikedoyle.com/

  31. Andy says:

    Steve Santarsiero (D31) hazz the best site of state reps.
    http://www.stevesantarsiero.com

  32. Jordan Ferguson says:

    William F Dunbar’s website is the best I’ve seen this election cycle. It has a smooth interface, is easy to navigate, provides detailed information about his beliefs, and gives frequent updates on his campaign.
    http://www.williamfdunbar.com

  33. I would like to nominate Ryan Bizzarro’s website, http://www.PAstateRep.com for “best overall website for a statewide candidate” & also “best website design”. Mr. Bizzarro’s site is coded well, has a design that exceeds modern standards & extremely user-friendly.

  34. Linto Thomas says:

    William F. Dunbar at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Committee-to-Elect-William-Dunbar/140131032734633 continues to have the best social media site. Along with great pictures, he also shares information that is relevant to the community he is a part of.

  35. Jpro says:

    On the surface, HDCC’s website doesn’t look too bad, but then you click on candidates and it’s not even updated. Very sad..

  36. Dawn Custer says:

    Karen Ramsburg has a great website that illustrates her views well. I gained a lot of insight from the website, then I saw her facebook page. She is doing a great job at keeping our district informed about what is going on and what she plans to do with these situations we find ourselves in as a society.
    http://ramsburg4congress.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/RamsburgForCongress

  37. A great website fighting a dynasty for Congress

  38. David Diano says:

    http://www.kathleengkane.com/

    It’s got her picture on it. 🙂

    Besides that, the site has good composition, and is a bit dynamic as it flips through several issues, to make good use of screen space.

  39. Aaron Hartman says:

    Well tthey should be a best youtube video for all the above And i Think the best video i9 is brian rich website and youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_uXfVkgu7A&feature=related

  40. Karen Ramsburg’s regular site is great and you really get to know her and what she stands for at her facebook.
    http://ramsburg4concgress and http://www.facebook.com/RamsburgForCongress

  41. Jake Sternberger says:

    Best use of social media has to go to Gene Stilp. A lot of candidates on both sides have stepped up their social media game in 2012, but Stilp is far and away the leader in this category.

  42. Karen Ramsburg’s site is really a great design. I love her posting of the Bethlehem Steel Allentown video to show what the destruction of our manufacturing base has done http://ramsburg4concgress

  43. james dougherty says:

    sheamus Bonner for state Representative
    In the 163rd Legislative District
    http://www.votebonner.com

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