May 31, 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

Public Random Drawing on June 6 Will Determine Ballot Positions

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that one additional candidate filed to run for a Member-at-Large Board of Administration position. This brings the total candidates to seven.

Candidates for the first seat - referred to as Position A on the ballot - are:*

  • Richard Costigan, State Personnel Board (active)
  • Michael Flaherman, Bay Area Rapid Transit (retired)
  • David Miller, California Department of Toxic Substance Control (active)

The candidates who filed for the other seat - referred to as Position B on the ballot – are:

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

All candidates have been certified by CalPERS.

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 $322 billion. For more information, visit

*This release was updated June 5, 2017 to reflect the withdrawal of Position A candidate Dr. Felton Williams, Long Beach Community College District (retired).