The Washington Coalition for Open Government honored two Tacoma men for their lifelong dedication to open government principles Friday morning at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.
Dave Seago, a former editorial page editor for The News Tribune, and former state Auditor Brian Sonntag were given standing ovations by the crowd of attorneys, journalists and other open government supporters.
Seago earned the James Andersen Award for his volunteer work with WCOG.
"Newspapers work hard to keep government honest, " he told the crowd. "They couldn't do their job near as well without the open records act and the Open Public Meetings Act."
Seago said democracy lasts "only so long as there are effective watchdogs telling you what the government is really up to."
Sonntag earned the James Madison Award for his 40 years of public service.
"I did bring a focus on accountability and transparency (to state government) and making sure government's doors are always open to people, " Sonntag said.
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