May 19, 2017

Communications & Stakeholder Relations
(916) 795-3991
Brad W. Pacheco, Deputy Executive Officer
Wayne Davis, Chief, Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Jeanie Esajian, Information Officer

Candidates' final filing date extended to May 30 for Position A

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced the candidates who filed to run for two Member-at-Large Board of Administration positions. Current terms for both seats end on January 15, 2018.

The preliminary candidates for the first seat – referred to as Position A on the ballot – are:

  • Richard Costigan, State Personnel Board (active)
  • David Miller, California Department of Toxic Substance Control (active)
  • Dr. Felton Williams, Long Beach Community College District (retired)

The candidates for the second seat – referred to as Position B on the ballot – are:

  • Michael Bilbrey (incumbent), Citrus Community College (active)
  • Margaret Brown, Garden Grove Unified School District (active)
  • Bruce Jennings, Senate Rules Committee (retired)
  • Wisam (Sam) Altowaiji, City of Redondo Beach (retired)

Potential candidates for Position A will now have an additional 10 days to file. According to election rules, potential candidates are given additional time if the incumbent chooses not to file after earlier stating an intention to run. The Position A seat currently is held by Joseph (JJ) Jelincic, who did not file to run again. Jelincic's previous statement that he would run was announced in an official notice to all CalPERS members who are eligible to vote.

All candidates who filed by Thursday's initial deadline have been certified by CalPERS. Additional candidates intending to file for Position A must submit their paperwork by May 30 at 5:00 p.m.

Candidates for both seats are elected by and represent all CalPERS members, including retired and active members, from state, school, and public agency employers. Active members as of July 1, 2017, are eligible to vote in this election. Retired members (excluding survivors and beneficiaries) whose effective date of retirement is on or before July 1 are also eligible to vote. Ballot packets will be mailed to eligible voters on September 1.

Beginning with this election, voters will have two new ways to vote. Members can vote online or by phone, or use the traditional paper ballot that is mailed. All online, telephone, or paper ballots must be received by CalPERS no later than October 2 to be counted.

A public random drawing will determine the order that names will appear on the ballot. The public random drawing will be held:

2017 Board Elections Random Drawing
Date Time Location
Jun 6 9:00 a.m. CalPERS Headquarters
Lincoln Plaza North
400 Q Street, Room 1160
Sacramento, CA

For more information, visit our Board Elections page.

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for state, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.8 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for more than 1.4 million members and their families in our health program, making us the largest defined-benefit public pension in the U.S. CalPERS' total fund market value currently stands at approximately $321 billion. For more information, visit