Council of State Candidates Detail Opinion on Open Government in North Carolina
ELON, N.C. — A majority of statewide political candidates in North Carolina favor requiring state agencies that violate public records law to pay legal fees for those who sue for records, and two-thirds of them say that finalists for major state and university positions should be made public, a survey of the candidates shows.
Reporters from The News & Observer, The Charlotte
Observer, The News & Record of Greensboro, The Winston-Salem Journal and
the Wilson Daily Times interviewed 40 candidates who have filed for statewide
political office. The survey was produced for the North Carolina Open
"Open government is one issue that voters should consider, and it is vital," he said. "These interviews are part of an effort to help the public understand the importance of having easy access to government records and meetings."
The candidates for Council of State offices were asked 11 questions about open government laws. All interviews were conducted live; 40 of 42 candidates participated.
About three of four candidates had read the state's open government laws and 65 percent said that the law is clear in regard to public officials' responsibilities and duties.
The full survey results are available for review and downloading at www.ncopengov.org.
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