FOG launches survey of legislative candidates

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) today launched a survey of candidates for the New Mexico Legislature to determine their positions on transparency and accountability.

FOG is emailing the questionnaire to each Legislative candidate.

“This is a new initiative for FOG, so we can better gauge how candidates stand on open government issues that will be in front of the 2021 Legislature,” Melanie J. Majors, executive director of the FOG, said.  “The results of the survey will be made public, which will allow New Mexico voters to evaluate a candidate’s position on transparency issues, including the Legislative budgeting process.”

The deadline for candidates to respond to the survey is September 7, 2020.  FOG will share the results on its website, through social media and with New Mexico news outlets.  If a candidate does not respond to the questionnaire, this information will also be reflected in the results.

As the state’s leading advocate for transparency in government, FOG’s mission is to defend the public’s right to know and to educate citizens and government agencies about their rights and responsibilities under New Mexico’s open-meetings and open-records laws. FOG was incorporated in 1989 as a tax-exempt 501(c) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.