Updated: Feb. 25, 2020

Board of Governors Elections


  • District candidate voting........................April 1
  • At-large candidate filling.........................April 20
  • President-elect candidate filling........April 20

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!

WSBA members will vote on the remaining positions. The candidates are:

Candidate Forum

A candidate forum will take place the evening of Wednesday, March 4. All candidates for the district seats are strongly encouraged to participate. The forum will be held at WSBA's offices in Seattle. Members are encouraged to attend in person or to watch the live webcast. The event will also be recorded for later viewing. Do you have a question you would like asked during the Forum? Submit it before March 4 to barleaders@wsba.org.


The 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 13(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 will not receive a paper ballot unless they request one. Email ballots will be sent on March 13 and must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on April 1.

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. Application forms and further information will be posted on this page before March 1. The filing deadline for both positions is April 20, 2020.

The At-Large position represents licensed legal professionals whose membership has historically been underrepresented in governance. Learn more about what is involved in Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors. Conference calls will be scheduled for potential At-Large candidates to talk with current Board member Alec Stephens. Watch your email and this page for notice of these calls.