Updated: Jan. 12, 2018

Want to Join the WSBA Board of Governors?


Four district-based positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2018. The open positions represent the following congressional districts:

  • District 1
  • District 4
  • District 5
  • District 7-South

The three-year term of office begins Sept. 28, 2018. Learn more about what is involved in Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors.

District Positions

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 (see Voting, below). Your congressional district is listed in myWSBA.

Becoming a candidate
To run for a district seat on 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. The required forms, which include filing instructions, are below. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. PST on Feb. 15, 2018. Note: Biographical statements of nominated candidates will be published on the WSBA website.

Nomination forms

BOG Candidate Forum
A candidate forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2018. All candidates for the district seats are strongly encouraged to participate. The forum will be held at WSBA's offices in Seattle beginning at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and bring questions for the candidates. The forum will also be webcast and accessible statewide for live viewing.

The district-based positions are elected by their peers. Generally, members are 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, or if specifically designated to the WSBA Executive Director, within the district of their primary Washington practice. WSBA uses an electronic voting system, and members will not receive a paper ballot unless they request one. Email ballots will be sent on March 15, 2018, and votes must be received by 5 p.m. PST on April 2, 2018. Paper ballots will be mailed upon request, and completed ballots must be received in the WSBA Office of the Executive Director by 5 p.m. PDT on April 2, 2018.

At-Large Position and President-elect
Information about how to apply for the At-large Board of Governors position and the President-elect position will be posted in late January. The deadlines for these positions are in April 2018.