Ballots being mailed this week to eligible voters
By Michael Pramik, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
Aug. 22, 2017 – The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System has certified six candidates to run for two seats on the OPERS and Ohio Deferred Compensation Boards of Trustees. Those elected will serve four-year terms beginning Jan. 1.
Voting materials are being mailed Aug. 22 to qualified voters at their home address of record. Members may vote only for the candidates who represent them. If you’re not certain which employer group you belong to, use the employer search tool on the OPERS website’s Board election page.
Here are the candidates for this year’s election, grouped in alphabetical order by member representation:
County employees – Representing approximately 87,600 members working at a county job within the state.
- Julie Albers
- Aaron Dennis
- James J. Wilson
Retirees – One of two seats representing approximately 177,500 age-and-service, disability, defined contribution plan and re-employed retirees.
- John P. Downs
- John W. Maurer
- Charlene S. Powell
If you’re an OPERS member and are eligible to vote, a ballot will be mailed to your home. All votes must be received by 11:59 p.m., Sept. 29. The election certification is scheduled for Oct. 2, and the results will be certified by the office of the Ohio Secretary of State.
The other seat up for election this year, miscellaneous employees, had only one certified candidate, incumbent Cinthia Sledz, and therefore there will not be an election. Ms. Sledz will start her new term in January, as if she had been elected. Miscellaneous employees, representing approximately 46,000 members, include 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.
OPERS does not endorse any candidates or their positions. 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.