Congratulations are in order for Nick Shalosky, a 21-year-old openly gay College of Charleston student who has become South Carolina’s first gay public official. Shalosky won a seat on the Charleston County District 20 Constituent School Board after noticing that no one had filed for the seat. As he notes in a guest post on the Bilerico Project, he was able to engineer a write-in campaign using Facebook. Without spending any money on his campaign, he won the election and added his name to a list of pioneering LGBT candidates. His use of Facebook underscores the value of social media in finding supporters no matter what the political landscape.
How Facebook Helped Elect South Carolina’s First Gay Public Official