Friday, July 16, 2010

Only GOP candidate for House District 44 signs Open Government Pledge

The only Republican candidate for House District 44 has pledged to "support legislation to strengthen the letter and the spirit" of Oklahoma's open government laws if elected in November.

Norman businessman Kent Hunt joins Democratic candidates Tom Kovach, Isaiah McCaslin and Emily Virgin in signing FOI Oklahoma's Open Government Pledge.

The House District 44 seat is being vacated by Democrat
Bill Nations, who is term-limited. Nations signed the pledge in 2008.

By signing the pledge, Hunt also promised "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."

Freedom of Information Oklahoma Inc. invites other legislative candidates and those running for statewide and county offices to sign the pledge.

Instructions and a list of signers for the 2010 elections can be found on FOI Oklahoma’s website.

FOI Oklahoma began the Open Government Pledge in spring 2008 as part of a national effort to spur public commitments to government transparency from candidates for president down to city council contests.

Joey Senat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
OSU School of Media and Strategic Communication

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