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  • Paul Shewmaker

Social media? Not my thing

Social media used to be my thing, but I decided four years ago to stop participating. During my first campaign for office, social media became a source of anger and hostility. Both my supporters and the supporters of my opponent were quick to express their opinions in the most unconstructive way possible. It seemed like everyone was angry. I don’t do angry if I can help it, so I decided to drop out of social media altogether.

One of the biggest issues I have with social media is that I always feel the need to make things right. If somebody posts misinformation, I feel like I have to correct it. But I quickly realized that you can't fix everything on the internet. And constantly correcting people online is definitely not be the best political move. So, for my own mental health and well-being, I decided to step away from social media.

I want to make it clear that I'm not against social media. It's just not right for me personally. For some people, it’s a source of entertainment, information, and connection. But for me, it's a source of stress and anxiety. I would much rather connect with people in person than online.

However, I still believe in the power of the internet to spread a positive message. Even though I'm not on social media, I would be grateful if my supporters could help get the word out in favor of my re-election. This could be through email, word of mouth, or just sticking up for me on Facebook.

In the end, what matters most is getting people to vote. If you're happy with the work I've done in our community, I ask for your support by casting your vote on November 7th. Social media or not, I'm committed to making positive changes in our town, and I'm grateful for your support.

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