Third Republican gubernatorial candidate signs Open Government Pledge

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Hubbard has promised that if elected, he would ensure that the governor's office and state agencies would "comply with not only the letter but also the spirit of Oklahoma's Open Meeting and Open Records laws.”

Hubbard 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.”

Hubbard is the fifth announced candidate for governor to sign FOI Oklahoma Inc.'s
Open Government Pledge. The others are Democratic candidates Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and state Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Republicans Congresswoman Mary Fallin and Roger L. Jackson, a retired Oklahoma City businessman.

Hubbard owns Hubbard Ranch Supply in Piedmont and has worked in the horse industry for 30 years. Last year, he spoke to legislators on behalf of equine dentists in the state.

Last Saturday, Hubbard said public officials not complying with the state's Open Meeting and Open Records laws should be arrested.

"My philosophy is if you have a right to [a public record], you get it,” he told FOI Oklahoma Inc.'s third-annual Sunshine Week conference.

Freedom of Information Oklahoma Inc. invites other candidates for statewide offices and those running for legislative seats, municipal offices and school board seats 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 the national Sunshine Week 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.