August 30, 2019

Communications & Stakeholder Relations
Contact: Jeanie Esajian, Information Officer
(916) 795-3991 -

Ballots mailed; Candidate Forum September 10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – CalPERS retired members can expect a blue envelope that contains their ballot for the fall board election in their mailboxes in the next few days.

Incumbent Henry Jones and challenger Joseph "JJ" Jelincic are running for the Retired Member Representative seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration.

The candidates will have the opportunity to share their positions on issues during a candidate forum set for September 10 in the CalPERS Auditorium, 400 P Street, Sacramento. The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County and is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For those who cannot attend, the forum will be streamed live on the CalPERS website and posted there for later viewing at

The 13-member CalPERS Board of Administration sets policy for retirement and health benefits on behalf of California public employers, and their active and retired employees. The board also oversees asset allocation of the pension fund's investments. Under the California Constitution, the CalPERS Board has exclusive authority to administer the CalPERS Fund.

Retired members may vote online, by phone, or by mail. Voting instructions are included in the ballot package, along with information about each candidate. Votes must be received by September 30 to be counted. The newly elected member will take his seat on January 16, 2020 to begin a four-year term.

Retired members who do not receive ballots by September 7 should call (855) 292-9956 to ask for a replacement ballot.

Information on the upcoming board election and resources for members and candidates are available at

About CalPERS

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 1.9 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for more than 1.5 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 $376 billion. For more information, visit