Elections of State Board of Education (SBE)
Administrative Resource Services
The State Board of Education 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;
- Seven members appointed by the governor;
- The superintendent of public instruction;
- Two student representatives selected by the members of the state board.
Information about the State Board of Education (SBE).
SBE board members are elected by each current member of a public school board of directors (school board members) within the applicable region (western or eastern). Votes are weighted based on student enrollment of the elector’s school district. The electoral vote (weighted vote) will be indicated on each ballot.
To be eligible, candidates must be residents of the region they wish to represent (eastern or western).
- Eastern Region (counties): Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima.
- Western Region (counties): Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom.
Once elected, SBE members 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.
Declaration of Candidacy Form | 2019 Filing Form Coming Soon
To run for an elected State Board of Education position, candidates must file a Declaration of Candidacy between September 1 - 16. Forms may be mailed or delivered in-person. If mailed, forms must be postmarked by September 16. If delivered in-person, must be at OSPI by September 16 at 5:00 p.m. (or previous business day). Please note, Declaration of Candidacy forms cannot be filed electronically or via email. See Election Timeline below for more information.
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. See Election Timeline below for more information.
Electors (voters): Each school district director (school board member) is eligible to vote for the position in their region (eastern or western). Votes are weighted based on student enrollment of the school director’s district. The electoral vote (weighted vote) will be indicated on each ballot.
Voting: Ballots will be mailed to public school district directors in October. Voting will be by mail. Ballots will be returned to Administrative Resource Services, OSPI, PO Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200. See Election Timeline below for more information.
For information on the State Board of Education, visit www.sbe.wa.gov
Sample Election Timeline – State Board of Education
- August 25: Call of Election (Election notice, declaration candidacy form available, election timeline).
- September 1 through 16: Candidate Filing Period. Declaration of Candidacy forms can be filed September 1 to September 16. If mailing, must be postmarked on or before September 16. Forms delivered in person must be received at OSPI by September 16 at 5:00pm (or previous business day). Please note, Declaration of Candidacy forms cannot be filed electronically or via email. Candidates may also submit an optional candidate statement and a photo. Statements and photos are due no later than September 18 at 5:00 p.m. Statements (up to 300 words) and photos may be submitted via email.
- September 21: Withdrawal of Candidacy deadline by 5:00 p.m. Candidates wishing to withdraw their candidacy must do so in writing by 5:00 p.m. on September 21. Written withdrawals must be received by OSPI – Administrative Resources by this date.
- October 1: Ballots mailed to electors. Voting will be by mail and ballots must be post-marked on or before October 16.
- October 16: Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before October 16. Voted ballots may be postal mailed to OSPI. If hand-delivered, must be to OSPI by 5:00 p.m. on October 16 (or previous business day).
- October 20-25: Ballots will be counted at OSPI
- November: Run-Off Election
- January: Term Begins (unless filling unexpired term)
If you have questions regarding the process, you may contact Kristin Murphy with Administrative Resource Services at 360-725-6133 or by email, Kristin.Murphy@k12.wa.us.