2018 Candidate Questionnaire on #opengov

We Need Your Help!

The Indiana Coalition for Open Government is wanting to reach out to every candidate running for State and local offices around Indiana to document their views and initiatives on making the Hoosier state on the forefront of open government in the United States.

If you know someone running for office in your area, please consider sending them the following questions and forwarding the responses, along with some basic candidate information, to us (info[a]indianacog.org).  All responses will be included on our web site as a resource for Hoosiers this and future election cycles.


Let’s make 2018 the best year for transparency and accountability in our Indiana government.

Top Questions to Ask Indiana Candidates

What does open and transparent government mean to you?

In what ways should the [Government Level or Entity] be more open and transparent?

Why should citizens care about the Access to Public Records Act (IC 5-14-3) and Open Door Law (IC 5-14-1.5)?

What specific [legislative reforms, Executive measures, policies] would you implement to guarantee and advance public access to government information and sources?

What specific steps would you take to improve proactive transparency in [Government Level or Entity] (That is, the government releasing information actively and intentionally on the Internet ahead of any formal request.)

What other thoughts do you have about making [Government Level or Entity] more open and transparent to Hoosiers of all ages?

An example updated questionnaire for a State Senator:

What does open and transparent government mean to you?

In what ways should the Indiana General Assembly, and Indiana Government in general, be more open and transparent?

Why should citizens care about the Access to Public Records Act (IC 5-14-3) and Open Door Law (IC 5-14-1.5)?

What specific legislative reforms, Executive measures, and/or policies would you implement to guarantee and advance public access to government information and sources?

What specific steps would you take to improve proactive transparency in State government? (That is, the government releasing information actively and intentionally on the Internet ahead of any formal request.)

What other thoughts do you have about making government more open and transparent to Hoosiers of all ages, backgrounds, and interests?

Other Information to Include

  • Office
  • District
  • City
  • County
  • Zip
  • Website
  • Candidate Email
  • Candidate Phone