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Reykdal Announces ESD Board Elections

OLYMPIA — Sept. 5, 2017 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will conduct an election in October for board positions in the state’s nine educational service districts. ESD boards have seven or nine members, depending on the district’s organization.

The ESD candidate filing period began on Sept. 1, 2017. To run for an ESD director 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.

ESD 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.

To be eligible for membership on an ESD board, a candidate must be a registered voter and live in the ESD and director district for which the candidate files. ESD board members serve a four-year term and are elected by the members of local school boards within each ESD. Terms of office for ESD board members elected in fall 2017 begin the first Monday in January 2018.

Voting, by mail-in ballot, will take place October 1 through 16.

The ESD positions open for election this year are as follows:

    101: 1, 3, 5, 7
    105: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    112: 2, 4, 6
    113: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7
    114: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7
    121: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9
    123: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9
    171: 1, 3, 5, 7
    189: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9

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.

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Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


   Updated 9/5/2017

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