August 26, 2022

Communications & Stakeholder Relations
Contact: Colin Steiner, Information Officer
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Ballots mailed; Candidate Forum September 7

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

The special election is for one vacant retiree seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration.

Nominees for the position are Tim Behrens, a program director retired from the Department of Developmental Services, Yvonne Walker, a legal secretary retired from the Department of Justice, and Randall Cheek, a deputy director of legislative and external affairs retired from the California State Lottery.

Retired CalPERS members (excluding survivors and beneficiaries) 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 11:59 p.m. PT on September 26, 2022, to be counted. The newly elected member’s term will begin immediately upon certification by the Secretary of State and end on January 15, 2028.

Eligible members who do not receive ballots by September 2, 2022, should call (877) 610-8637 to request a replacement ballot. Members can also get their PINs online and vote in just a few easy steps.

The candidates will have the opportunity to share their positions on issues during an online Candidate Forum on September 7, 2022. The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County and is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Questions for candidates may be submitted directly to the League by email in advance of and during the forum. The forum will be livestreamed and posted for later viewing on the CalPERS website.

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.

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 2 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 $456 billion. For more information, visit