Another Democratic candidate for House District 44 signs Open Government Pledge

Emily Virgin, a Democrat seeking the state House District 44 seat in Norman, has pledged to support open government in Oklahoma if elected.

The first-year law student at OU specifically promised to "support legislation to strengthen the letter and the spirit of Oklahoma's Open Meeting and Open Records laws."

Isaiah McCaslin, another announced Democratic candidate for the seat, also has signed FOI Oklahoma Inc.'s Open Government Pledge. McCaslin is a public policy junior at the University of Oklahoma.

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

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

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

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 Journalism

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the commentators and do not necessarily represent the position of FOI Oklahoma Inc., its staff, or its board of directors. Differing interpretations of open government law and policy are welcome.