Special election candidates set

OPERS retirees to select one of three to fill open Board seat

By Michael Pramik, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

Feb. 21, 2018 – The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System has certified three candidates who will run in a special election this year to fill one of two retiree representative seats on the OPERS Board of Trustees.

Ronald C. Alexander, Charlene S. Powell and Timothy C. Steitz are seeking the open board seat, which was recently vacated with the passing away of trustee John Maurer in November. The retiree selected will represent about 179,000 age-and-service, disability, defined contribution plan and re-employed retirees for a term that will begin in May 2018 and end Dec. 31, 2021.

If you’re an OPERS retiree and are eligible to vote, a ballot will be mailed to your home address on Feb. 27. All votes must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 30. The election results will be certified by the office of the Ohio Secretary of State on April 2, and will be approved by the OPERS Board at the April meeting.

Neither the OPERS Board nor OPERS as a system endorses any particular candidate or statement. We do encourage all eligible voters to cast a ballot, so please actively participate in the special election.

Michael Pramik

Michael Pramik is communication strategist for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and editor of the PERSpective blog. As an experienced business journalist, he clarifies complex pension policies and helps members make smart choices to secure their retirement.

Michael Pramik

Communication Strategist

8 thoughts on “Special election candidates set

  • February 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Are employees of OPERS covered by that same retirement system?

    • February 21, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Yes – Ohio Public Employees Retirement System staff are members of OPERS.

      Julie, OPERS

  • February 21, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    It is hard to vote for people that you didn’t even know. Is there a possibility that there could be a summary of where these people stand on issues?

  • February 21, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Didnt Ronald Alexander run the Union.

  • February 21, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Really? I thought that the board members were retirees, but that it wasn’t a requirement of the employees to be. I don’t recall reading anything about that in any of your blog bios.

    • February 22, 2018 at 3:51 pm


      OPERS has an 11-member Board of Trustees. Seven of the members are elected by the groups they represent: retirees (2 seats); employees of the state, counties, municipalities; non-teaching employees of state colleges and universities; and miscellaneous employees. In addition to the seven elected members, three members are appointed — one each by the Governor, Treasurer of State and the General Assembly. The director of the Department of Administrative Services is the only statutory member of the Board.

      Julie, OPERS

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