Updated: April 2, 2020

Board of Governors Elections


  • Runoff election voting..............................April 16
  • At-large candidate filing..........................April 20
  • President-elect candidate filing........April 20

Questions: Email barleaders@wsba.org


Five positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2020. The open positions represent Congressional districts 3, 6, 7-North and 8, as well as one at-large seat.

District Elections

Nine WSBA members applied to run for district seats on the Board of Governors.

In District 8, Brent Williams-Ruth, the only candidate, has been declared the winner. Congratulations, Brent!

In District 6, Brett Purtzer won the general election that ended on April 1. Congratulations, Brett!

WSBA members will vote in runoff elections for the remaining positions starting April 6. The candidates are:

Vote in the Runoff Election April 6-16

The district-based positions are elected by other active WSBA members in their districts. If you’re not sure what district you live in, consult myWSBA The WSBA uses an electronic voting system, and members will not receive a paper ballot unless they request one. If you think you are eligible to vote but don't receive an email ballot on April 6, contact Election-America at Help+WSBA@election-america.com. Voting ends at 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, April 16.

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.

Meet the Candidates

Read their ballot statements and watch excerpts from the 2020 Candidates Forum.

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. The filing deadline for both positions is April 20, 2020. Learn more about what is involved in Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors.

Under WSBA’s Bylaws, the purpose of the At-Large board position is to increase diversity and representation on the board, and the position is to be filled by a WSBA member who has “the experience and knowledge of the needs of those lawyers whose membership is or may be historically under-represented in governance, or who represents some of the diverse elements of the public of the State of Washington.” All active WSBA members are eligible, except for those who have previously served as a governor for more than 18 months.

To learn more about the position, join a Zoom conference call with current At-Large Governor Alec Stephens: RSVP to barleaders@wsba.org and you will be sent instructions. The final call is scheduled for:

  • Monday, April 6, noon-1:00 p.m.

If this time is inconvenient for you, let us know and we will connect you to Governor Stephens separately.