Updated: Sept. 8, 2022

Board of Governors Elections

The WSBA Board of Governors focuses on policy, leadership, strategy, and oversight of the organization. Service on the Board requires vision, leadership, diplomacy, and passion in pursuit of the WSBA's mission to serve the public and the members of the WSBA, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession and to champion justice.

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  • District 4: Mary Rathbone of Ephrata. Governor-elect Rathbone's term begins at the conclusion of the September 2022 meeting through to September 2024. 
  • District 8: Erik Kaeding of Kent. Governor-elect Kaeding's term begins at the conclusion of the September 2022 meeting through to September 2023. 

Both of the Governor-elects are filling vacancies mid-term. As each position was uncontested, the Governor-elects have been declared the winner.

Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors

Is Board Service Right For You?

  • Review the ' Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors' Overview.
  • In 2023, the WSBA will be seeking applicants for the following seats: Congressional Districts 3, 6, 7 North, and Governor At Large.
  • For the next regular election cycle, the application information will be posted in January 2023. Per WSBA Bylaws, the application deadline for the Congressional seats is Feb. 15, 2023 and the application deadline for Governor At Large is April 17, 2023. 

Notice of WSBA COVID-19 Volunteer Vaccination Policy

The WSBA Board of Governors approved a policy requiring all WSBA volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in an in-person WSBA meeting or event. This policy is inclusive of the Board of Governors. More information.

Board of Governors Election Results To Date

Congratulations to Francis Adewale, recently elected as the 2022-2023 Treasurer

Treasurer is determined by a vote of the current members of the Board of Governors. The election took place at the July 21-22, 2022, meeting in Tacoma, Washington.

Congratulations to Hunter Abell, elected as the 2022-2023 President-elect

President-elect is determined by a vote of the current members of the Board of Governors. The candidates were interviewed and the election took place at the May 19-20, 2022, meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Congratulations to Brent Williams-Ruth, 2022-2023 Governor At Large

Complete election results are as follows:

Brent Williams-Ruth, 1223 votes (50.58%)
Kim Sandher, 1195 votes (49.42%)

Total Electorate: 34,276
Total Votes: 2,418 (7.05%)

The Diversity Committee has forwarded two candidates who have experience and knowledge of the needs of those members whose membership is or may be historically underrepresented in governance, or who represent some of the diverse elements of the public of the State of Washington, to the end that the BOG will be a more diverse and representative body than the results of the election of Governors based solely on Congressional Districts may allow. Underrepresentation and diversity may be based upon, but not limited to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, geography, areas and types of practice, and years of membership, provided that no single factor will be determinative.

The Congressional District Election Results for Districts 2, 9 and 10

Congratulations to the new Congressional District Governor-elects:

District 2: Kari Petrasek
District 9: Kevin Fay
District 10: Nam Nguyen

The complete election results are as follows:

District 2:

Kari Petrasek, 242 votes (65.9%)
G. Geoffrey Gibbs, 125 votes (34.1%)

Total Votes: 367 (21.41% of electorate)

District 9:

Kevin Fay (declared the winner)

District 10:

Nam Nguyen, 262 votes (69.9%)
Patrick Rawnsley, 113 votes (30.1%)

Total Votes: 375 (19.32%)

The election results were certified by an Election Board appointed by the WSBA President. The Election Board members were James Doane, Thea Jennings and, Russell Knight.

The WSBA values diversity and inclusion, and encourages Black, Indigenous and people of color, women, people from the LBGTQ communities, people with disabilities, and members of other groups who have been systemically oppressed to apply for our committees, boards, and panels. 

For any questions regarding the Board of Governors elections, please contact Paris Eriksen, WSBA Volunteer Engagement Advisor, at parise@wsba.org or barleaders@wsba.org.