I guess I could understand one or two candidates failing to complete the questionnaire that seeks their views on open government issues facing the state.
The Washington Coalition for Open Government's questionnaire is one of many that candidates receiving during campaign season.
But of the 15 Tacoma candidates the coalition sent invitations to, just two replied. They are Tacoma Port Commissioner Connie Bacon and Civil Service Board candidate Janis Clark.
Not responding were Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma At-Large Council candidates Robert Hill and Victoria Woodards (incumbent), Tacoma Council 2 candidates Patricia Lecy Davis and Robert Thoms (incumbent), Tacoma Council 4 incumbent Marty Campbell, Tacoma Council 5 candidates Joe Lonergan (incumbent) and Olgy Diaz, Civil Service Board 1 candidate Eric Hansen, Civil Service Board 2 incumbent Dan Sexton, Tacoma School Board 1 candidates Debbie Winskill (incumbent) and Dexter Gordon and Tacoma Port Commission candidate Eric Holdeman.
Coalition President Toby Nixon said candidates were sent e-mails to the addresses listed with their candidate filing. Those without e-mail addresses were sent post cards. Nearly 200 candidates did respond to give their views on questions related to recent court decisions limiting access to open meetings and legislation proposed that would curtail access to government records.
Nixon said the survey of local government candidates is important because local government officials have been at the front of recent efforts to limit access to meetings and records.
“I hope Washington voters will check out where candidates who are asking for their vote stand on these important issues," Nixon said in a statement releasing the results. "They should make special note of which candidates failed to respond to our survey, and ask those candidates pointed questions about where they really stand on the people’s right to know what their government is doing.”