Are you officially a candidate? Great! Update your website.

A little advice from someone who isn’t paid to advise your campaign.

Did you file today for office?  Great!  Now, update your website.

Apparently today was a record for the number of people that filing for the first day for office in Montana.  While I admire their initiative, I would assume that filing means you are ready for voters to get their first, good look.

A brief survey at the legislative candidate list features lots of information about legislative hopefuls, including websites.  Oddly, some of these websites look like they are either afterthoughts or aren’t well thought out at all.

Austin Kunudsen from Culbertson ( points to some random hosting company.  Well played!

Derek Zolnikov of Billings ( has an awesome generic template.  Want to know more about him?  His page usefully informs you that “This is an example page. It’s different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes).”

Lita Pepion of Billings (  points to a health and fitness business.  Perhaps the candidate’s business?  Still not a campaign page.

Amanda Curtis of ( has a huge picture of herself and a contact page.  That’s it.

Kirk B. Wagoner of Montana City ( is under construction, plus some clipart.

Kelsen Young of Helena ( has broken links on issues and supporters.

Dave Andrews of Missoula ( has an effective, [Your Business Name] template.

The cynic luddite may say it may not matter, however, while research has found that it might not have impact on voting, it impacts fundraising and has some impact on attendance to events.

More informally, I think it shows both attention to detail and the willingness of a candidate to create connections with people using new media.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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