Thank you for your interest in running for State President!

The complete Candidate Guide will be available November 2022. Applications are due January 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Questions? Email our State Officer Coach, Nicole, at

At Washington DECA, we love to see members who want to take their DECA experience and service to “the next level,” and running for State President is one of the best ways to do just that. Should you be elected, you will find yourself making new, life-long friends; meeting countless DECA members near and far; taking on new challenges; and growing – not only your skills and your experience, but also your network. Truly, it will be an experience that will change your life.

To get started, download the candidate guide. This candidate guide includes the information you need to proceed with your application and campaign. It’s never too early to start preparing!

Note: Only one candidate from a chapter may run for the State President position. It is required that each chapter select their best candidate to run for State President. Additionally, the State Officer Interview Evaluation Rubric has been revised and will be sent via email to applicants.

Please contact: Nicole Cowan, State Officer Coach

This form is intended to capture a picture of likely candidates for Washington DECA state office. This form should reflect a serious intent to run for office, but it does not:

  • Obligate the member to run for office
  • Ensure the acceptance of a potential candidate (qualified candidates will be notified after receipt and review of their application)

Completing the Intent to Apply form will ensure that you:

  • Are included on the list of applicants to be scheduled for a test and interview
  • Obtain any necessary updates regarding the application.
  • Receive all communications and updates regarding the candidacy process from the State Officer Leadership Coach.

Please gather all of your application data before you begin entering your information into the online application form.

State President Applications: Due January 23, 2023 @ 5:00 p.m.

The Candidate Exam has 50 objective questions (multiple choice, true/false, matching) covering general DECA knowledge, the Code of Conduct, and the Washington DECA organization. To prepare for the exam, download the Candidate Exam Study Guide. You are responsible for securing your own proctor to administer your online test and providing their information in your candidate application. Information regarding access to the test will be sent to your local chapter advisor and your proctor should coordinate with your advisor to obtain this information.

Failure to complete the test may result in immediate disqualification.

The test makes up 25% of an area president candidate’s overall score. The test is 50 questions long and is worth one point each. Test scores will be divided by 2 in order to be properly weighted at 25% of the candidate’s total score. For example, a test score of 40/50 will be recorded on the cover sheet as 20/25. Odd numbers divided by 2 are to be recorded to the tenth’s place (e.g. 20.5).

No notes may be used during the exam.

After review of candidate applications, approved candidates and their advisors will receive notification by email. Only four candidates will be selected to continue the election process.

The following campaign activities are held at the State Career Development Conference:

  • Candidate Interview
  • Candidate Poster Display
  • Candidate Speeches
  • Candidate Feature on WA DECA Website + WA DECA Social Media
  • Candidate Question + Answer Session

Please contact: Nicole Cowan, State Officer Coach

The State President is determined based on combined scores from the application, exam, interview, and voting results.

The newly elected State President will be announced at the Closing Awards Session at the State Career Development Conference.

The newly elected State President will be announced at the Closing Awards Session at the State Career Development Conference.