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August 22, 2006

Web presence, or lackthereof

Filed under: Alameda, Election — Lauren Do @ 12:39 pm

If I were running for a political office, the first thing I would do — actually, before I even announced, pulled papers, or what have you, I would first secure my domain.  It is the very least you can do.  A website is one of the cheapest and best forms of getting the most detailed information about you and your platform.  So I was really surprised to learn that only one candidate running for either Mayor or City Council actually has a website up and running.  And that person is…


Lena Tam,

So I thought, hmmm…maybe the others are getting their websites together, but just have not gotten enough information put together to push it live.  And so, I went to to check out the status of some domains.

Turns out…no one other than Lena Tam has secured her name as a domain.  Shocking.  Of course, you can’t really blame Beverly Johnson, Michael Rich, Ashley Jones, or Doug DeHaan since their domains have been taken by other Beverly Johnsons, Michael Richs, Ashley Jones, and Doug DeHaans.  However, Doug DeHaan could have taken the .org of his name since it is still available:


But what is the excuse for Kenneth Kahn:


Or Pat Bail:


Or Frank Matarrese:


Or Eugenie Thomson:


And just for fun…how about a few possible iterations for “The Slate”:



So, any bets on who is going to snatch up these domains first?  The actual candidate or his/her opponent?


  1. I’m not surprised that there’s only one webb-savvy candidate. Alameda prides itself on being an old-time small town, and unfortunately that probably means that technological advancements, as with most other kinds of advancements proposed in this town, are not welcome. But I’m confident that soon those days will change…

    Comment by Snickers — August 22, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

  2. I think I’ll buy for my own amusement!

    Comment by Ben Kruger — August 22, 2006 @ 3:59 pm

  3. Lauren – does this constitute an endorsement??

    Comment by keepmeasurea — August 22, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

  4. Check out the next Mayor of Alameda’s official web presence at…

    Comment by John Shasky — August 30, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

  5. Well, this certainly has the potential to liven up those dull candidates’ forums: In addition to answering the usual questions, each of the mayoral hopefuls should be required to make a balloon animal! 🙂

    Comment by Michael Krueger — August 30, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

  6. What’s interesting is that often when you do a “whois” query for the availability of a domain, and you don’t buy it right away, some domain “squatter” company will snatch it up, so that if you come back, you now have to pay a premium!

    Comment by Dan Wood — September 10, 2006 @ 9:02 pm

  7. Snickers, were you able to get a foothold of that conclusion, or are you dusting your pants off somewhere between it and your crumbly begining assumption?
    Between this comment and Lauren’s endorsement of Beverly Johnson partially based on capitalization practices on the Slate’s (yeah, I know) website, I’m beginning to have serious doubts about your critical thinking abilities.

    For the rest of you, the website for the DeHaan, Bail, Thomson slate is Yes, I agree, they should secure the name domains too.

    Comment by NIMBY — September 11, 2006 @ 8:45 am

  8. After I was elected I purchased and have been busily trying to learn how to run a website. Three years later, I am still learning with an average of 2000 page views per month.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — September 18, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

  9. A quick trip to Smart Voter website shows all three school board candidates have provided information while not one City Council or Mayor candidate has done so.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — October 4, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

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