The Pacific Northwest Chapter elections committee is pleased to open the ballot to vote on this year's board election. Polls will close on June 15, at 5 p.m. ET and results will be announced soon after. You can find the list of candidates who appear on the ballot below.

Only current eligible Pacific Northwest Chapter members voters are able to access the ballot. If you're having trouble with the ballot, please contact us at [email protected].

Candidates Statements

President (uncontested):
 Steve Soliz
Vice President (uncontested):
 Enrique Cerna
Financial Officer (uncontested):
 Lilly Fowler
Secretary (uncontested):
 Liz Jones

NAHJ professional chapter officers’ general guidelines to keep in mind:

Officers of Professional Chapters 
(a)  Officers. Each professional chapter (i) is required to have a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer and a Secretary and (ii) at the discretion of the Chapter Board also may have a single at-large officer with such responsibilities as the Chapter Board shall determine.
(b)  Qualifications. The offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary may be held only by Regular Members in good standing. Any Regular Member, Academic Member or Associate Member, in good standing, may serve as the at-large officer. 
(c)  Holding Multiple Offices. Any elected officer may concurrently hold two or more offices, except that in no event shall the President serve simultaneously as the Treasurer or the Secretary.

(d)  Election. Chapter officers shall be elected annually. The President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary shall be elected by the Regular Members and the Academics Members of the chapter. The at-large officer, if any, shall be elected by the Regular Members, the Academic Members and the Associate Members of the chapter.


• May 12th:  Call for Nominations
• May 26thDeadline to submit 5 unique signatures before 11:59 p.m. Deadline to become a member in good standing and be eligible to vote
• May 29th – 31stVetting process. The Elections Committee will screen candidates. 
• June 1st: Online voting begins (Polls open two weeks before the polls close)
• June 15th: Polls close at 5 p.m. ET and results are announced.


Candidates Statements

Steve Soliz

I am running to serve on the board of our local chapter because I believe in the mission of NAHJ and I believe in the people who are represented by this valuable organization. I am honored to be one of the only Latino television news anchors in the Pacific Northwest. However, I feel there could and should be more representation in our region. I hope to use my position to help members of our chapter achieve their goals, as well as help create change so more Latinx people feel empowered instead of outnumbered

Enrique Cerna

I am running for the board president post because I want to grow the Seattle chapter. I also want help mentor the next generation of Latino journalists who are the future of the chapter. I bring more than four decades of experience as a broadcast journalist. I have been active in Seattle’s Latino community and have strong contacts throughout the state. My goal is to grow our presence and opportunities for Latino journalists in this region. 

Lilly Fowler

Hola amigos, For those of you who don’t already know me, I’m the social justice reporter for one of the local NPR stations in Seattle — KNKX. I’ve been on the board of Periodistas NW for a year now, and I’m excited for the opportunity to continue my role as treasurer. I’m passionate about making this industry more diverse, and Spanish language media. I see our local chapter of NAHJ as one that seeks to build community and aims to be both fun and educational. There’s a lot of brainstorming that my colleagues and I have done over the last year that I hope to execute and build on.

Liz Jones

My Latina side comes from my Mexican-American mother, who grew up in a farming town in Eastern Washington. She spoke Spanish as her first language and was the first in her family to go to high school, then college. Unfortunately, she chose not to teach her kids Spanish but I made it my mission as a teenager to learn anyway, and forge a connection to this part of my heritage. This connection continues to grow deeper, and I’m glad for the chance to be a part of NAHJ as a way to  help support and strengthen our broader community.

I’m grateful to the journalists who established this chapter and dedicated their time and energy to help it grow. I look forward to continuing this work, especially finding new ways to support our chapter members with opportunities for professional development, scholarships and social connection.


If you have any questions regarding this chapter's election contact Esmy JimenezPacific Northwest Chapter Elections Chair. You can also email us at [email protected] with any additional questions.

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