Friday, February 11, 2011

Glenpool, Geary municipal candidates pledge support for open government

Candidates for Geary mayor and the Glenpool City Council have signed FOI Oklahoma's Open Government Pledge.

By doing so, Nathan Willsey and Tommy Carner 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."

Willsey is running for Geary mayor. Carner is seeking the Ward 4 seat on the Glenpool City Council.

Municipal primary elections will be March 1.

By signing the pledge, Carner and Willsey 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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