Updated: April 24, 2019

Board of Governors Elections

Five positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2019, as well as the president-elect position. The open positions represent the following Congressional districts and 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 1 Position

A Board seat is open for an active member of the Bar residing in Congressional District 1 due to the recent resignation of Governor Michael Cherry. The application deadline was March 15, 2019. The Board of Governors will interview the following applicants then elect one at its May 16-17 meeting in Yakima.

District 2 Position

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

District 9 Position

Voting in the District 9 election ended on April 1, 2019. Candidate Bryn Peterson received the majority of the votes and was declared the winner. He will take his seat in late September. Congratulations, Bryn!

District 10 Position

Voting in the District 10 election ended on April 1, 2019. No candidate received more than 50% of the vote, so a run-off election will be held April 12-22 between Thomas A. McBride and Wayne Graham. Meet the Candidates.

Voters in District 10 will receive an email ballot link from WSBA's election vendor on April 12. If you don't receive it, please email Help+WSBA@election-america.com to request a replacement. If you aren't sure if you live in District 10, consult myWSBA.org or email 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 16-17, 2019, meeting in Yakima. 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 to apply is 5 p.m. PDT, April 22. To apply, complete this application form and email it along with attachments to barleaders@wsba.org. Learn more about Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors. If you would like to speak with a current at-large Govenor, email barleaders@wsba.org to request a telephone meeting.

President-Elect:

The 2019-2020 president-elect will be elected by the Board of Governors at its May 16-17, 2019, meeting in Yakima and will assume office at the end of September. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. PDT, April 22. To apply, complete this application form and email it along with attachments to barleaders@wsba.org.