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Reykdal Announces Elections for Members of the Washington State Board of Education

OLYMPIA — Sept. 5, 2017 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will conduct an election in October 2017 for two elected positions on the State Board of Education: Eastern Region Position 2 and Western Region Position 5. These positions are four-year terms beginning the second Monday in January 2018.

The State Board of Education elected candidate filing period began on Sept. 1, 2017. To run for an elected SBE position, candidates must file a Declaration of Candidacy between Sept. 1 and 16. Forms may be mailed or delivered in-person. If mailed, forms must be postmarked by Sept. 16, 2017. If delivered in-person, forms must be at OSPI by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.

SBE candidates are welcome to submit a candidate statement (300 words or less) and one photo (head-shot style) to be included in the Voter Guide, which will be mailed out along with the ballot to each elector. Submit statement and photo to OSPI-Administrative Resources by Sept. 18, 2017. Email to:

The Declaration of Candidacy form, Election Timeline, and additional information is available through the Administrative Resources website.

The State Board is composed of 16 members:

  • two members from the eastern region of the state, elected by public school directors;
  • three members from the western region, elected by public school directors;
  • one member, at large, elected by approved private schools;
  • the superintendent of public instruction;
  • seven members appointed by the governor;
  • and two student representatives selected by the Association of Washington Student Leaders.

Candidates must be residents of the region they wish to represent. They cannot be employed by any public or private school, college, university or other educational institution, any educational service district, or the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction after being elected to the State Board. Persons elected to the board may not concurrently serve as a member of the board of directors of either a public school district or a private school.

The State Board of Education helps develop programs that prepare each student for the future. It provides leadership, support and advocacy, through policy, to help each student achieve success in school and life. Membership on the board requires a considerable commitment of time for preparation and attendance at 2-3 day meetings throughout the year. More information can be found at

For further information, contact Kristin Murphy, legal affairs and rules coordinator, at (360) 725-6133 or


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


   Updated 9/5/2017

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