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CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - This election year, candidates are flocking to Facebook to win support and gain the most votes. But, some are finding the use of social media for political purposes comes with the potential for problems.

Earlier this week the candidates for Sheriff in Carter County got into it on Facebook, talking directly to each other, through the incredibly popular social media site.

Just two weeks away from the election candidates are trying to connect with voters in every way possible.

"(In) today's world, social media, it's a reality," said Dexter Lunceford.

Lunceford is the Republican candidate for Carter County Sheriff.

"I set up my Facebook page for me to communicate with my supporters," Lunceford said.

Current Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes also has a Facebook, part of write-in campaign strategy after a primary defeat.

Mathes said "(candidates are) way behind any other campaign if you don't use Facebook." He said, "we've reached several thousand people, so, in that sense, it's definitely a positive in getting information, in getting facts."

Something Tony Treadway has known for years. Through his ad agency, Creative Energy, he's coached politician on how to use social media the right way.

"Talk about your interaction and engagement with the public at special events or areas that you're at," Treadway said.

But Treadway warns, "if you don't really control the conversation as much as you can then it can get out of hand and there's sometimes a lot of back and forth and a lot of hard feelings created."

And that's just what's happened in the Carter County Sheriff's race.

On July 18th Lunceford posted this on Facebook: "Let the other candidate continue his attacks on me and we will stay positive..." Slamming his opponent by inferring the Sheriff called people without a college degree "stupid".

To that, Mathes fired back, commenting this on Lunceford's Facebook page: "Dexter, had you been at the debate you would have heard first hand that i never once called you or anyone else stupid."

That was just the start of back and forth barbs between the opponents.

Lunceford told News Channel 11, "and once those things start within just a few minutes they can expand exponentially."

"When you get those negatives, you're able to combat that so much easier by putting facts and getting truths and information out there to a wide range of people. Facebook does that," Mathes said.

Treadway told News Channel 11, this close to election day, he advises candidates to step back, relax and resist the urge to engage in direct, negative conversations in social media. Something to remember as we head toward election day August 7th.


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