The Republican candidate has pledged to comply with the letter and spirit of Oklahoma’s open government laws if elected as the county’s court clerk.
In signing FOI Oklahoma’s Open Government Pledge, Don Newberry also promised “to support at every opportunity” the state’s public policy 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.”
Newberry’s Democratic opponent, John R. Andrew, also has signed the pledge. Incumbent Sally Howe Smith, a Republican, is retiring after serving since 1993.
The court clerk maintains all Tulsa County District Court records, provides personnel for judges, keeps statistics on the filing and disposition of all cases, and collects statutory fines, fees and forfeitures.
Newberry is the title research manager in the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office.
Joey Senat, Ph.D.
OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications
Mass Communication Law in Oklahoma
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