Updated: Feb. 19, 2019

Board of Governors Elections


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Key dates:

  • Districts 9 and 10 voting ........................ March 15-April 1
  • District 1 candidate filing deadline ........................ March 15
  • At-large candidate filing deadline ......................... April 22
  • President-elect candidate filing deadline ........ April 22

Five positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2019. The open positions represent the following Congressional districts as well as one at-large seat:

  • District 1 until recently held by Michael Cherry, who has resigned
  • District 2 currently held by Carla Higginson
  • District 9 currently held by Dan Bridges
  • District 10 currently held by Christina Meserve
  • At-large currently held by Athan Papailiou. This position represents lawyers historically underrepresented in WSBA governance.

The three-year term of office for all positions except District 1 begins late September, 2019. The term of the District 1 position begins upon election and ends in late September, 2021.

District 2, 9, and 10 Positions

Carla Higginson was the only candidate in District 2 and has been named the winner. Congratulations, Carla!

The candidates who will participate in election by WSBA members are:                  

District 9 
Frank Cornelius
Bryn Peterson 

District 10            
Wayne Graham 
Tom McBride 
Vicki Parker 

Board of Governors Candidate Forum

All candidates for the district seats are strongly encouraged to participate in the 2019 Candidate Forum on Monday, February 25, 5:00-7:00 at WSBA's offices in Seattle. Members are encouraged to attend and bring questions for the candidates. The forum also will be webcast and accessible statewide for live viewing.


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 13(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 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 1. 

District 1 Position

A Board seat is open for an active member of the Bar in District 1 due to the recent resignation of Governor Michael Cherry. The term of office will begin upon election and end in late September, 2021; the governor will not be eligible to run for another term. The application deadline is March 15. The Board of Governors will interview all applicants at a future, public session meeting this spring. The Board will elect the governor at that meeting and the successful candidate will be seated immediately. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. PST on March 15, 2019.  To apply, complete application form then email a scanned copy to barleaders@wsba.org.

At-large Position and President-Elect

At-large position: One at-large governor will be elected by the Board of Governors at its May 2019 meeting. The board will select from among candidates who have the experience and knowledge of the needs of those lawyers whose membership is or may be historically underrepresented in governance, or who represent some of the diverse citizens of Washington, to the end that the board will be a more diverse and representative body than the results of the election of governors based solely on Congressional Districts may allow. Any active member of the Bar (except one who previously served on the Board of Governors for more than 18 months) may run for this position. The deadline is April 22; the application form will be posted here in late February.

President-Elect:  Information about applying for the 2019-2020 president-elect position will be posted on this page in late February. The application deadline will be April 22, and the president-elect will be elected by the Board of Governors at its May 2019 meeting.