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#WW2K – One Giant Town Hall Meeting for All VA Voters

PHOTO: Using the Twitter hashtag #WW2K AARP Virginia is letting state voters ask candidates any question they want. Picture courtesy of AARP VA.
PHOTO: Using the Twitter hashtag #WW2K AARP Virginia is letting state voters ask candidates any question they want. Picture courtesy of AARP VA.
October 6, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – A social media campaign is giving Virginia voters a chance to ask any question to candidates for the U.S. House and Senate.

Ginger Thompson, communications director for AARP Virginia, says folks can use the Twitter hashtag #WW2K for we what to know.

She says AARP will make sure the questions posted there are passed on to the candidates, and AARP will post the answers as well.

Thompson says social media is a chance for true democracy – giving people an opportunity to interact directly with the candidates.

"So this is a way to engage voters that they can ask a question, any question that they would like,” Thompson says. “And the candidates can answer it in a public forum."

AARP has a long history of voter outreach. With the League of Women Voters, AARP will be sponsoring The People's Debate on Oct. 13, between Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie.

AARP is also sponsoring forums in the 8th, 10th and 11th congressional races. More at AARP.org/VA.

Thompson says at AARP’s events around the state voters can also write their questions on a whiteboard and pictures of that will be posted and put to the campaigns.

She says part of the reason for doing this is because political races can seem so far removed and inaccessible to ordinary people.

"There are not that many debates, and there may not be a debate in every congressional district for example, and the voters can't necessarily get to all of the candidate events," she says.

She adds this is AARP’s second year running #WW2K.

This year Thompson says a lot of the questions seem to be about things connected to people's lives directly, their immediate concerns more than big, distant issues.

"Questions about housing, about homelessness, Social Security, Medicare,” she says. “Not as much about some of the big issues that are in the news such as foreign policy questions."

Thompson says people age 50 and older are increasingly using social media.

She says folks can Tweet their own questions, and AARP will make sure those are Tweeted to the Twitter accounts of the candidates.

"Type in the hashtag #WW2K, and that way you can find all of the questions that are being posed to the candidates,” she explains. “And you can find the candidates' answers that way too."


Dan Heyman, Public News Service - VA