We are excited to announce the journalists and sponsors who have committed to supporting Tussle at the Tower — a one-hour debate between the three Oklahoma County Sheriff candidates 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Tower Theatre.
With NonDoc editor in chief William W. Savage III moderating, the journalists asking questions of the candidates include: Aaron Brilbeck of News 9, James Coburn of the Edmond Sun and Claire Donnelly of KGOU. News 9 will stream the debate live on its website, and KGOU will replay the event over the radio.
The Oklahoma Progressive Network has stepped up to fund a Title Sponsorship for the event. OPN formed in 2016 to offer “progressive” Oklahomans an opportunity to discuss, plan and take civic action. OPN’s mission statement reads: Connecting people and organizations to increase political awareness and community involvement.
Several other individuals and groups have committed to sponsoring the Tussle at the Tower at a separate Gold Sponsor level. They include:
FKG Consulting — With its office located in the Tower Theatre building, FKG Consulting is a family-based business dedicated to helping clients achieve public policy goals.
Brett & Karma Robinson — Brett and Karma Robinson each have decades’ worth of experience in Oklahoma civic affairs. Karma serves as vice president of membership for the Oklahoma State Chamber, and Brett is a partner of McSpadden Milner Robinson, LLC, a public-policy advocacy group that represents a wide range of clients.
Jennifer Chancellor — Longtime Oklahoma journalist Jennifer Chancellor has covered music and arts for the Tulsa World. She most recently served as editor of the Oklahoma Gazette for the past four years. Chancellor has just taken a new role as assistant information director for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She also serves as a board member for FOI Oklahoma.
Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association — The OCCDLA sponsored a 2016 debate for Oklahoma County Sheriff and serves as a trade group for attorneys practicing criminal law in Oklahoma’s most populous county.
ACLU of Oklahoma — The ACLU of Oklahoma is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a national not-for-profit, non-partisan, voluntary organization founded in 1920. Its purpose is to protect those rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Additionally, the Seminole Nation Vineyard & Winery is serving as wine sponsor for the event by providing sponsor tables with complimentary vino.
NonDoc thanks all of these sponsors for their support of responsible, fair and public political debates. If you or your organization would like to become an additional sponsor, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
While it is not required to attend, you can RSVP for the debate on Facebook. Admission is free.
(Update: This post was updated Thursday, Aug. 17, to reflect the ACLU of Oklahoma’s sponsorship as well.)