2016 Board of Governors Elections

Four positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2016. These are the governors representing the 2nd, 9th, 10th Congressional Districts, and one at-large position. The three-year term of office begins Oct. 1, 2016.

Join an informational conference call to learn more about serving as a WSBA Governor. This is a great opportunity to ask questions of current Board members and hear about their experiences, biggest challenges, greatest rewards and other useful information. Please choose the time that is most convenient for you, and bring your questions and comments to the call.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9; 8–9 a.m. with Phil Brady (District 10)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10; noon–1 p.m. with Brad Furlong (District 2)
  • Thursday, Feb. 11; 5–6 p.m. with Elijah Forde (District 9)

RSVP for the call by emailing your name and preferred date to barleaders@wsba.org. Once you’ve confirmed, we’ll send you the call-in information. 


District positions (Nomination Deadline Feb. 16, 2016)

Any active member except one previously elected to the Board may be nominated or may self-nominate and run for the office of governor from the congressional district in which the member is entitled to vote.

At-Large Position (Nomination Deadline Apr. 15, 2016)

The at-large position is to be filled by a person, who, at the Board's discretion, has the experience and knowledge of the needs of lawyers underrepresented in governance or who represent the diverse population of Washington to make the Board a more diverse and representative body than that allowed allowed by district representation alone. See section VI(D) of the WSBA bylaws for additional information.

Becoming a Candidate

To self-nominate and run for the Board or to nominate another WSBA member, you must file a statement of interest and a biographical statement of 100 words or less. Please use the appropriate form below. The WSBA executive director must receive the forms for district races by 5 p.m. PST on Feb. 16, 2016. 

Note: Biographical statements of nominated candidates will be published in the March issue of NWLawyer. If you have questions, contact Sue Strachan at barleaders@wsba.org, 206-733-5903.

Learn more about what is involved in serving on the WSBA Board of Governors.


Nomination Forms

  • 2nd Congressional District
  • 9th Congressional District
  • 10th Congressional District
  • At-Large Position
    Deadline to run for the at-large position is 5 p.m. PST on April 15, 2016. The at-large governor will be elected by the Board at its June 3, 2016 meeting in Seattle.
  • The three district-based positions are elected by their peers. Generally, a member is entitled to vote in the congressional district in which they reside. 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 Bar will use an electronic voting system, and members with email addresses on file will not receive a paper ballot unless they request one. Email ballots will be sent on March 15, 2016 and must be received by 5 p.m. PST on April 1, 2016. Paper ballots for district elections will be mailed upon request and completed ballots must be received in the WSBA's Office of the Executive Director by 5 p.m. PST on April 1, 2016.

    Your district is listed next to your home address in myWSBA.org under “My Contact Info.” Or simply visit the Washington State Redistricting Commission website, enter your home address (or, if you live out-of-state, your agent of service address), choose “Congressional,” and “Find My District,” then click the map next to the symbol marking your address. This website also offers a state map showing all the congressional districts.

    Candidate Forum

    A Board of Governors candidate forum is scheduled for Tuesday evening, March 1, 2016. All candidates for the three district seats are strongly encouraged to participate. Members are encouraged to attend and bring questions for the candidates. The forum will be webcast and accessible statewide for live viewing.


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