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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:30 am

Killeen City Council candidates Terry Clark and Michael Lower championed the use of social media during a candidate forum Monday, one week after Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin posted controversial statements about the race.

Redistricting has forced Lower, who currently serves as District 4 councilman and mayor pro tem, to run against the District 3 incumbent Clark, after the two served together for nearly two years.

The District 3 race is the only Killeen contested race in the May 11 election.

Social media has already played a role in this year’s council race, after Corbin chose his popular Facebook page, “Dan Corbin for Mayor,” to publicly endorse Lower in a post last week. The post also criticized Clark.

Clark responded quickly to the mayor’s comments on his own Facebook page and campaign website, terryjclark.com, defending his past decisions.

At Monday’s debate, both candidates acknowledged the role social media can play in city politics.

“You either get on the train or get left behind,” said Lower, an unemployed 54-year-old car sales manager.

Lower, who campaigns on his Facebook page, said many constituents look to forms of media other than the newspaper for information about their city, including websites such as Facebook.

“You have to cater to both of them, and social media is a great tool,” Lower said.

Clark, a 50-year-old technology support specialist at Timber Ridge Elementary School in Killeen, said council members need to consider the appropriateness of their social media use before publishing their beliefs.

He compared the combination of politically charged ideas and Facebook to alcohol and guns: a dangerous mix.

“Write what you want to post, and sit on it for a couple of hours before you just go out and start striking,” Clark said.

The forum was moderated by Mark Hyde, Americanism director at the Killeen Exchange Club.

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5 comments:

  • Viktor posted at 8:13 pm on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 316

    @truebluebell: Maybe since Clark can't be bought, someone decided to buy ads for the other candidate. Lol!

     
  • truebluebell posted at 12:57 pm on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    truebluebell Posts: 17

    I find it disturbing that the Mayor is endorsing a candidate at all, let alone helping his campaign by buying ads in the newspaper. It is like the Mayor is trying to buy a city council member. It is once again an attempt at the good old boy network that protects the developers and there interests and could care less about the citizens who want homes that don't flood due to smaller curbing and that don't want subdivisions with houses packed tightly together and watch as the value of their biggest investment stays stagnant. Mr. Clark has done a remarkable job researching and advocating for the Killeen residents. He is not a council member that can be bought.

     
  • Eliza posted at 12:01 pm on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 653

    Yes, You're correct, I had nearly forgotten about the appointment.
    I've read the remarks by Mr. Lower's representative and to myself, It was rather High Schoolish.

    Some things I haven't agreed with Mr. Clark on, However, You can tell from watching him, he does have an interest in the subject and is willing to speak up and ask Why & When about certain items. That's what is needed by the people who a representative ,represents.

     
  • Viktor posted at 10:36 am on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 316

    It's doubtful that District 3 voters are knocking themselves out asking Lower to run in this election.

     
  • Viktor posted at 10:35 am on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 316

    Redistricting has forced Lower to run against Clark? Let's be real. Lower was appointed to council when Wilkerson resigned prior to last council being recalled. If Lower wants to run then that's his choice. It's doubtful that District 3 voters are kn