Martin County to hold first social media town hall

Click here to watch a live stream of the Social Media Town Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

— Martin County's first ever social media town hall, for County Commission candidates, will be held July 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Hobe Sound branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County.

The social media town hall is being coordinated by The Town Mag, the Young Professionals of Martin County, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. To date, all Martin County candidates have agreed to attend the town hall.

"Civic engagement — for the young, seniors, Republicans, Democrats, independents, and everyone in between — has been transformed by social media," said Kim Waser, the president-elect of the Young Professionals of Martin County. "We wanted to create an event that was specifically designed to generate a more vibrant dialogue between candidates for the County Commission and local citizens."

The public can submit questions on the local economy, the environment, and human-interest issues to County Commission candidates until July 13 through the Facebook pages of The Town Mag ( or the Young Professionals of Martin County (, or through Twitter via #MCTOWNHALL. Questions can also be submitted by emailing them to . For more information on how to submit questions, please visit

Questions will be preselected by representatives from the Town Mag, the Young Professionals, and the Boys & Girls Clubs. Candidates will then gather on July 17 at the Hobe Sound branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs in a town hall discussion moderated by Waser, David Vaina (Communications Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs), and Mollie Reynolds (Social Media Correspondent for WPTV). Candidates will not be given questions in advance.

Martin County residents are encouraged to attend the social media town hall but it is highly recommended that they email or RVSP on the Town Mag Facebook page. In addition, the social media town hall will be streamed online live on, and archived there from July 18 to July 25.

Two of the questions will be dedicated to those submitted by teen members at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County.

"We hope to engage teens in the political process by utilizing Facebook and Twitter, while demonstrating the impact social media can have on these kinds of conversations," said Waser.

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