Independent. Aggressive. Integrity.
You will often find these words in newspaper endorsements and other articles about former Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag. His willingness to ignore party labels, challenge the status quo, and stand up for taxpayers meant the life-long Democrat consistently won many Republican votes and often upset the state’s political establishment. It also made him a regular Freedom Foundation ally.
Sonntag started out in local government, first as Pierce County Clerk, then moving into a position once held by his father, Pierce County Auditor. Those experiences prepared him to lead the State Auditor’s Office—tasked with oversight of both state and local government—for two decades. He was a pioneer in advocating for and then using performance audits.
Earlier this year, Sonntag was inducted into the State Open Government Hall of Fame by the National Freedom of Information Coalition. This fall, the Washington Coalition for Open Government will present him their 2013 James Madison Award.
Now, in addition to his service with the Tacoma Rescue Mission, Sonntag joins the Freedom Foundation team as our Senior Fellow for Government Accountability. He will work with us on open government issues and to increase accountability and citizen involvement within government.
The Seattle Times once called Sonntag, “one of the best public servants produced by this state.” We are excited to welcome him as an official member of the Freedom Foundation team.
Click here to read coverage of this announcement in the Seattle Times.