Election to begin in August for terms beginning in January
By Michael Pramik, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
July 5, 2017 — Elections for three seats on the OPERS and Ohio Deferred Compensation Boards of Trustees will be held this year. Those elected will serve four-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
The OPERS Board of Trustees consists of 11 representatives, and seven are elected. The three seats up for election in 2017 include one representative for each of the following groups:
- County employees – Representing approximately 87,600 members working at a county job within the state.
- Miscellaneous employees – Representing approximately 46,000 members not included in one of the other groups, employers such as: park districts, conservancy districts, sanitary districts, health districts, townships, metropolitan housing authorities, state retirement systems, public libraries, county law libraries, union cemeteries, joint hospitals or institutional commissaries within the state.
- Retirees – One of two seats representing approximately 177,500 age-and-service, disability, defined contribution plan and re-employed retirees.
Any active OPERS member, with the exception of one receiving a disability benefit, is eligible for election to represent the members of their employee group on the OPERS Board of Trustees.
Any OPERS retiree receiving an age-and-service benefit, disability benefit or benefits under the OPERS defined contribution plan is eligible to run for election. This group also includes re-employed retirees.
Beneficiaries, who may include surviving family members, and those who hold powers of attorney for members are not eligible to run for election or nominate candidates by signing a petition. They are also ineligible to vote and will not receive a ballot.
For interested candidates
Nominating petition packets are available online at www.opers.org/elections and at the OPERS office. Packets also are available through OPERS county and miscellaneous employers.
Interested parties also can call 800-222-7377 to request a packet. Completed nominating petitions, biographical statements and certification by candidates must be received at the OPERS office to the attention of Julie Becker no later than 4:30 p.m. July 31. Petitions postmarked on or before this date, but received later, are invalid.
If you’re an OPERS member and are eligible to vote, a ballot will be mailed to your home during August. All votes must be received by midnight, Sept. 29. The election count is scheduled for Oct. 2. The results will be certified by the office of the Ohio Secretary of State.
Your retirement and your representation on the OPERS Board are important, so please be an active participant in the election process and cast your vote.