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April 13, 2020

Voting Begins for 2020 Bar Council Elections

Voting for the Virginia State Bar Council elections in five circuits begins today, Monday, April 13. Learn about each of the candidates in contested elections by clicking on the circuit number below for a PDF with the bios and photos of each of the candidates.

Second Circuit – 2 seats available

Ed S. Booth
Julie A. Currin
Anna P. Ernest
Ryan G. Ferguson
Bretta Z. Lewis
S. Mario Lorello

Ninth Circuit– 1 seat available

Katherine H. Nace
Susan B. Tarley

Thirteenth Circuit– 1 seat available 

Karissa T. Kaseorg
Neil S. Talegaonkar
Brian T. Wesley

Fifteenth Circuit – 1 seat available

Allen F. Bareford
J. Allan Budny
Andrew J. Cornick
Elizabeth B. Hurd
Martha G. Norton 

Nineteenth Circuit – 6 seats available


Carla D. Brown
Susan M. Butler
Brian C. Drummond
Richard A. Gray
Sandra L. Havrilak
Christie A. Leary
Douglas E. Milman
Lena S. Munasifi
Luis A. Perez
Susan M. Pesner
Debra L. Powers


Unopposed candidates who will remain on Council are:

  • First Circuit: Damian “DJ” Hansen of Chesapeake
  • ​Fourth Circuit: Neil S. Lowenstein of Norfolk
  • Seventh Circuit: Benjamin M. Mason of Newport News
  • Tenth Circuit: E.M. Wright Jr. of Buckingham – unopposed but new to council
  • Eleventh Circuit: Shaun R. Huband of Petersburg – unopposed but new to council
  • Fourteenth Circuit: Marissa D. Mitchell of Henrico County
  • Fourteenth Circuit: Craig B. Davis of Henrico County
  • Eighteenth Circuit: Stacey Rose Harris of Alexandria
  • Twentieth Circuit: Susan F. Pierce of Warrenton
  • Twenty-Fifth Circuit: William T. “Bill” Wilson of Covington

On or around April 13, 2020 active and in good standing lawyers whose address of record is in these five circuits (as of March 15) should have received an email from with a link to their ballot. Please check your junk mail on that day if you do not receive a ballot.

Those without an email registered with the VSB will receive a paper ballot.

After receiving your ballot, you will have until midnight on May 1 to submit your vote

If you have any questions, please contact:

Updated: Apr 13, 2020