Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Norman mayoral candidate promises to comply with open government laws
The chairman of Norman's Board of Adjustment has signed FOI Oklahoma's Open Government Pledge as a candidate for mayor.
Thomas E. Sherman promised to comply with the letter and spirit of Oklahoma's open government laws.
Sherman also pledged 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."
Sherman is one of three candidates to file for mayor. The election will be April 2. If needed, a runoff would be May 14. Norman municipal races are nonpartisan.
Mayor Cindy Rosenthal, who is seeking re-election, signed the Open Government Pledge in 2010.
Sherman, 67, has served on the Board of Adjustment since 2006. He retired from McClain Bank in 2010 and is controller for Fowler Holding Co. He is a past chairman of the Norman Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Norman Business Association.
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.
Signers are listed on the FOI Oklahoma website.
Joey Senat, Ph.D.
OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications