Updated: Dec. 30, 2019

Want to Join the WSBA Board of Governors?

Deadlines:

  • District candidate filing...........................Feb. 18
  • District candidate ballots........................April 1
  • At-large candidate filling.........................April 20
  • President-elect candidate filling........April 20

Five positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2020. The open positions represent the following Congressional districts as well as one at-large seat:

  • District 3 
  • District 6
  • District 7 North
  • District 8
  • At-large position to represent lawyers whose membership has historically been underrepresented in governance)

The three-year term of office begins at the close of the Sept. 17-18, 2020 Board of Governors meeting. These positions are currently held by Kyle Sciuchetti (District 3), Brian Tollefson (District 6), Paul Swegle (District 7 North), Kim Hunter (District 8), and Alec Stephens (At-Large).

Learn more about what is involved in Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors. Conference calls will be scheduled for potential candidates to talk with former Board members. Watch your email and this page for notice of these calls.

District Positions

Eligibility: Any active member of the Bar may run for the office of governor from the congressional district in which the member is entitled to vote. (You can find your district in myWSBA or by consulting this map.) Exception: Any Bar member who has previously served on the Board of Governors for more than 18 months is ineligible to run for the Board of Governors. (Note: Proposed amendments to the WSBA bylaws would extend this to 48 months.)

Becoming a Candidate

To run for the Board of Governors, or to nominate another member, please complete the below application form. The WSBA must receive the forms for district races by 5 p.m. PST on Feb. 18, 2020. For more information, contact Pam Inglesby at pami@wsba.org, 206-727-8226.

Board of Governors Candidate Forum

A candidate forum will take place shortly after the filing deadline. All candidates for the district seats are strongly encouraged to participate. The forum will be held at WSBA's offices in Seattle. Members will be encouraged to attend and bring questions for the candidates. The forum also will be webcast and accessible statewide for live viewing.

Voting

The four district-based positions are elected by their peers. Generally, a member is entitled to vote in the congressional district in which he or she resides. All out-of-state active WSBA members are eligible to vote in the district of the address of their agent within Washington for the purpose of receiving service of process as required by APR 13(f) or, if specifically designated to the executive director, within the district of their primary Washington practice.

The WSBA will use an electronic voting system, and members will not receive a paper ballot unless they request one. Email ballots will be sent on March 13 and must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on April 1.

At-Large and President-Elect Positions

The At-Large governor and President-Elect will be elected by the Board of Governors at its May 14-15, 2020 meeting in Bellingham. (Note: Proposed amendments to the WSBA bylaws would make the At-Large position elected by all active WSBA members.) Application forms and further information will be posted on this page before March 1. The filing deadline for both positions is April 20, 2020.