State Board of Education Elections

During an election, candidates will be listed at the bottom of this page. To be eligible to serve on the State Board of Education, a candidate must be a registered voter and reside in the region they wish to represent.

The person elected to the State Board of Education may not concurrently serve as a member of the State Board of Education and as an employee of any school, college, university or other educational institution, or any educational service district superintendent’s office, or in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, or as a member of the board of directors of either a public school district or a private school. Members of the State Board of Education are elected to a four-year term unless filling an unexpired term for a vacated position.

Three State Board Electorates

Seven of the SBE’s board seats, plus the student representatives, are appointed positions. Occupants of the other seats are voted on by school board members in three groups:

1. East (counties):

  • Adams
  • Asotin
  • Benton
  • Chelan
  • Columbia
  • Douglas
  • Ferry
  • Franklin
  • Garfield
  • Grant
  • Kittitas
  • Klickitat
  • Lincoln
  • Okanogan
  • Pend Oreille
  • Spokane
  • Stevens
  • Walla Walla
  • Whitman
  • Yakima

2. West (counties):

  • Clallam
  • Clark
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Pierce
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Skamania
  • Snohomish
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum
  • Whatcom

3. Private Schools

Holders of the private schools seat on the State Board of Education are elected at-large by a vote of the members of private school boards of directors.

Open Seats and Filed Candidates

Any candidates running for election will appear below as their filing application is confirmed. Upon closure of the filing window, additional candidate information will appear, for example, statements and photographs.


More information, like dates of voting, will be shared as soon as preparations for the runoff are finalized.

  • SBE Eastern Region: Position 1

There will be a runoff election for SBE Eastern Region: Position 1, due to the fact that none of the three candidates received more than 50% of the vote. The top two candidates will move forward to the runoff election. Those candidates are Bruce Drollinger and Ronnie Mabry.

A secure, encrypted ballot for this runoff election will be emailed to school directors who are eligible voters on Friday, October 27, 2023. Voting concludes at noon on November 10, 2024.

East Candidates
West Candidates
Private School Candidates


Sean Duke
WSSDA Communications Officer