It is a little “weird” that people can follow a candidate’s every move, Kennedy admits. But he said it makes him stay active. “If I say I am going to be out there representing people this holds me to account. I can’t hide with this tool.” Kennedy said he was recently contacted by someone who saw he had checked in down the road and wanted to know why the candidate did not stop by his group. A visit was quickly arranged.
While Kennedy is the only candidate using Foursquare, others are quickly signing up. Lisa Johnston is going to be running for the Democratic Senate nomination in Kansas. She has not yet officially announced her candidacy nor finished her official Web site. But Monday Johnston’s campaign contacted Foursquare. “I thought that would be a great platform for Lisa to connect with people and connect with younger voters,” said Kyle Johnston, who is acting as her campaign director.
Kennedy said he believes Foursquare has interesting implications in local communities as well. “Say I am a police chief,” he said. “People want to know where their local police officer was, they could follow him on Foursquare.” Last week, New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn started checking in when she attended meetings at the Metro Transportation Authority and New York City Hall.
Foursquare is still a new tool, but finding its niche in public transparency and accountability. “All politics is local and this is an effective tool for that,” Kennedy said.