AUGUSTA — All five balloted candidates for governor have signed the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition pledge to support open government and public access to government records.

The gubernatorial candidates, as well as all legislative candidates, were sent letters in August urging they sign the pledge, acording to a news release.

The Coalition mailed pledge forms to each candidate and has been posting the names of all candidates who signed the pledge on its website, www.mfoic.org.

Coalition President Mal Leary said several of the candidates expressed the view that the pledge did not go as far as they will in promoting open government, should they be elected governor.