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Where Participation Happens

Localocracy is an online town common where registered voters using real names can weigh in on local issues.

Citizens Have a real influence on issues that matter
Governments Engage with real constituents
Journalists Find the real stories

How Does Localocracy Work?


Issues That Matter To You

Learn what issues are pressing in your community. Find out what your neighbors think and share your thoughts and ideas.


Balanced Perspective

See what your neighbors and leaders have put down as the best reasons for supporting or opposing any given issue. Pro and con, side by side.

The Answers You Need

Have a question? Recruit your neighbors or members of local government to answer it publicly.


Real Names

Localocracy is backed by an identity platform that confirms users are registered voters using real names.

Curate the Conversation

Communicate directly with your community on issues that are important to them. Set the record straight using a transparent and public platform.


Make Tough Decisions Easier

Public engagement can help you better assess the needs of your constituents, and prioritize better when tough decisions need to be made.

Higher Quality Data

Tap into the ideas and creativity of your constituents. Get qualitative and quantitative data about where they stand on important issues.


Recognize Volunteers

Public service can be thankless. Give recognition to the people who make your community a better place through points and badges. Get in touch to learn more.

Expand Hyperlocal Coverage

Cover more issues, in greater depth, and with less expense by integrating Localocracy into your regional content strategy.


Lower Coverage Costs

Source leads, quotes, and data directly from the community and tie the stories you write to the issues you are covering.

Improve Reader Engagement

Increase time spent on your site using Localocracy widgets, and make reading your news a social (and civic) activity.


Cover the Issues That Matter

Keep your finger on the pulse of the community, and know what stories your audience wants to read more about. Get in touch to learn more.



  • Amherst

  • Arlington

  • Cambridge

  • Granby

  • Milford

  • South Hadley


People Say Nice Things About Us

“I have been a journalist and news executive for 40 years and worked as a media strategic planner since the early days of the web... the ideas and intentions behind Localocracy are amongst the most promising I've encountered.”

Howard Weaver

Former Chief News Executive at McClatchy Company

“It seems to me that one of the best ways to save our democracy is to have more democracy. That’s the beauty of Localocracy. It gives people of all ages another outlet for learning about community issues and participating in our government. It’s like the perfect union of town meeting and modern technology.”

Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst)

President Pro Tem of the Massachusetts Senate

We Are Pretty
Charming Fellows


Conor White-Sullivan

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Always an advocate of grassroots democracy and bootstrapped solutions, Conor's experience includes serving as Western Mass Field Coordinator on a successful statewide ballot initiative, as assistant canvass director on a voter registration office in Northern Virginia, and as Collegiate Markets Director for an international beverage company while attending UMass Amherst. He has spoken at TEDxBoston, the Personal Democracy Forum, the Aspen Institutes's Forum on Communication and Society, and at the New York Tech Meetup. Conor founded Localocracy in 2008 and has led the company through two rounds of prize funding through the UMass Amherst Innovation Challenge. He rides a KLR 650 motorcycle and plays bass guitar.

Aaron Soules

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Aaron has been a believer in the utilization of technology for social change since he founded his first company at age 16. He wanted to build up the skateboarding community in Amherst, MA, while emphasizing videography and other artistic outlets. Aaron wrote his own social network web application to organize skaters, and to encourage communication across cliques. While the efforts did not sustain over the years, the ideology behind the concept has been a driving force in Aaron's work. Aaron joined Localocracy as CTO and Co-Founder in the Fall of 2009.

Jay Boice


Jay likes to solve problems. Before Localocracy, he co-founded Pomelo, a software consulting firm that focuses on scalable architectures, cloud computing, and geo-located systems. In 2009, he primarily founded and ran, a local trend aggregator that shows you what people are twittering about in your city. Jay received an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of California in Santa Cruz, where he designed routing protocols used for coyote tracking, soccer playing robots, and other disruption-tolerant networks. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and prefers ruby to python, books to blogs, dogs to cats, and tea to coffee.

Baer Tierkel

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Baer Tierkel has focused over 25 years in the software industry, driving significant growth for companies such as PeopleSoft, McCormack & Dodge, Allegro Technology, and Dun & Bradstreet Software. Baer's experience in the industry has spanned the roles of company founder, corporate strategy, brand and product marketing, product development, support and engineering. His tenure at PeopleSoft helped drive the company's growth from $10 million to $2.1 billion in revenue, most recently as Executive Vice President for Worldwide Marketing. Products designed by Baer are in use by millions of people worldwide and he has contributed his expertise and vision as a speaker, executive consultant, investor and board member to many organizations and events including Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Harvard Business School, Comdex, as well as numerous startups and non-profit organizations. Most recently Baer launched Otalo, a vertical search engine in the travel industry. Baer is the eldest member of the team and cannot ride a skateboard, but does ride a motorcycle.