Saturday, August 15, 2009
More candidates sign Open Government Pledge
Seven more candidates for Tulsa municipal offices or the House District 55 seat have signed FOI Oklahoma's Open Government Pledge.
In signing the pledge, candidates “endorse the purpose of Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws to ensure and facilitate the public’s understanding of governmental processes and problems.”
They also “pledge to support at every opportunity the public policy of the State of Oklahoma that the people are vested with the inherent right to know and be fully informed about their government so that they can efficiently and intelligently exercise their inherent political power.”
Among the most recent signers are mayoral candidates Robert Gwin, David Lee O'Connor and Paul Tay. Other Tulsa signers are City Council candidates G.T. Bynum, District 9; James S. Mautino, District 6; and Roscoe Turner, District 3.
Jeff Ledford, a candidate for Oklahoma House District 55, also returned a signed pledge.
A complete list of signers and the pledge are available at the FOI Oklahoma Web site.
Joey Senat, Ph.D.
OSU School of Journalism