Saturday, February 5, 2011

2 Norman City Council candidates pledge support for open government

Two candidates for the Norman City Council have signed FOI Oklahoma's Open Government Pledge.

By doing so, Roger Gallagher and Brande Kauffman each promised, "I and the public bodies that I am elected to govern will comply with not only the letter but also the spirit of Oklahoma's Open Meeting and Open Records laws."

Gallagher is seeking the Ward 1 seat being vacated by Councilman Al Atkins.

Kauffman is running for the Ward 7 seat. Incumbent Doug Chubberly is not seeking re-election.

The election is March 1.

By signing the pledge, Kauffman and Gallagher 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."

Instructions and a list of signers for the 2011 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 & Strategic Communications

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