“Meet the Candidates,” Municipal Elections 2012 via social media

by Lynn McMillen
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Muscle Shoals, Ala. — Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce are giving Shoals area voters insight into the candidates vying for Mayoral and City Council offices in Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia by means of social media sites.

According to NW-SCC President, Dr. Humphrey Lee, NW-SCC is trying to do its part to keep the Shoals area voters informed for the local elections on August 28th. “The Chamber and Northwest-Shoals try to partner every four years around this time and put something together to help educate the Shoals area voters,” said Lee. “We thought with the tremendous effect social media has on society; why not use it to educate our area citizens?”

All candidates were contacted by the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and invited to participate in the initiative. Northwest-Shoals Community College Broadcasting produced a seven to nine minute video on each of the candidates. The candidates were asked to address the following points: who you are, where you live, what you do for a living, why you are running for this office, what are the challenges and needs of the community and what your plans are to address them.

Shoals Chamber of Commerce President, Steve Holt, echoed Lee’s sentiments. “Through the use of the YouTube channels we can send someone a link of to all the videos or just one particular candidate’s video,” stated Holt. “I think our area candidates and the general public will be very pleased with the unlimited possibilities this offers.”

All the videos can be watched individually on the NW-SCC YouTube channel www.youtube.com/ShoalsChamber or via links on the College’s facebook and twitter pages. The videos can also be viewed on Comcast channel 192 at 6:00 pm (Florence), 7:30 (Sheffield), 8:30 pm (Muscle Shoals) and 9:00 pm (Tuscumbia) now through August 13th.

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