Thursday, June 5, 2008

Open Government Pledge

Which local elected officials signed the Washington Coalition for Open Government Pledge?

City Councilors Barry Buchanan and Jack Weiss.

Other local candidates who signed the Open Government Pledge in 2007 -- Larry Farr, Bill Geyer, Michael Lilliquist, Ken Mann and Damon Gray.

Open Government Pledge

I believe that government in Washington belongs to the citizens it serves. I believe that government functions best when its discussions and decision-making occur in the light of day. I believe that citizens of Washington have the right of access to records, discussions and decisions, outside of narrow exemptions specified by law. I pledge to support the public's right to know at every opportunity, and endorse the preamble to the state Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act:

"The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created."

A heartfelt thanks to all of the men and women who signed the Open Government Pledge during the 2007 campaign cycle. they are, without a doubt, the true champions of open, transparent government.

For a complete list of candidates who signed the pledge state wide please click here:

2008 Candidates: Here is the link to sign the Pledge.

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