Donna Clark is the only candidate for Pensacola mayor willing to commit in release her weekly calendar in advance and pledge to conduct all city business on the city’s computers and networks. She is also the only mayoral candidate that has pledged to not use private email accounts to conduct city business.
Last month, the First Amendment Foundation asked Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist to answer a few questions regarding Florida’s sunshine laws. Because of the importance of open government and the state’s sunshine laws, Inweekly thought we should ask the same questions of the Pensacola mayoral candidates.
Donna Clark replied in the matter of hours. She gave the same answer to all three questions, “Yes.” No reply was received from Mayor Ashton Hayward.
Here is the email:
From: Richard Outzen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, October 31, 2014 8:02 AM
To: Donna Clark; Ashton Hayward
Cc: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Quick Questionnaire on Open Government
This year, the First Amendment Foundation asked the two gubernatorial
candidates leading in recent polls to answer a few questions regarding
Florida’s sunshine laws. Because of the importance of open government and
the state’s sunshine laws, Inweekly thought we should ask the same questions
of the Pensacola mayoral candidates. Because your time constraints, we are
only asking the yes/no questions. We will publish your replies on Monday
morning. For further background, here is the link to the FAF press release
As mayor, will you release a weekly calendar in advance that details your
appointments, public meetings, and travel schedule?
Do you pledge that all of the public business of your office will be
conducted on public computer networks and devices?
Do you pledge that you and your staff members will not use private email
accounts in conducting public business?