Five positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2014. These are the governors representing the 3rd, 6th, 7thN, and 8th, congressional districts, and one at-large position. The three-year term of office begins Sept. 26, 2014.
Any active member except one previously elected to the Board of Governors may be nominated or run for the office of governor from the congressional district in which the member is entitled to vote. Any active member may be nominated or run for the at-large governor position.
To run for the Board of Governors or to nominate another WSBA member, you must file a statement of interest and a biographical statement of 100 words or less. Please use this form and email to Pam Inglesby at firstname.lastname@example.org. The WSBA executive director must receive the forms for district races by 5 p.m. PST on Feb. 15, 2014. Note: Biographical statements of nominated candidates will be published in the April/May issue of NWLawyer. For questions, call 206-727-8226
The deadline to run for the at-large position is 5 p.m. PST on April 19, 2013. The at-large governor will be elected by the Board of Governors at its May 31 meeting. Please watch for further information on submitting your application.
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 5(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 with email addresses on file with the WSBA will not receive a paper ballot unless they request one. Email ballots will be sent on March 15 and must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on April 15. Paper ballots for district elections will be mailed on March 15 and must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on April 15.
Your district is listed next to your home address in myWSBA under "My Contact Info," or you can click on the Washington State Redistricting Commission website, enter your home address (or, if you live out of state, your agent of service address), choose "Congressional," click on "Find My District," then click on the map next to the symbol marking your address.
This website also offers a state map showing all the new Congressional districts.
A candidate forum is scheduled for March 4, 2014. All candidates for any of the open seats are strongly encouraged to participate. The forum will be held at the WSBA Conference Center in Seattle beginning at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and bring questions for the candidates. It will also be webcast and accessible statewide for live viewing.
The Board of Governors carries out the mission of the Bar and furthers the WSBA's Guiding Principles, all within the mandate of General Rule 12. Pursuant to Article IV (A) of the WSBA Bylaws, as a representative, each Governor is expected to communicate with members about Board actions and issues, convey member viewpoints to the Board, and to fulfill liaison duties as assigned. This year's elected Governors shall take office at the close of the final Board meeting of the fiscal year, scheduled for September 20-21, 2012. Governors are elected to a three-year term and are expected to complete their full term.
The WSBA Bylaws provide that any active member in good standing, except a member previously elected to the Board of Governors, may be nominated or apply for the office of governor from the congressional district (or geographical region within the 7th District*) in which such member is entitled to vote. Nominations or applications are made by filing a statement of interest and a biographical statement of 100 words or less.
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