November 4, 2022

Communications & Stakeholder Relations
Contact: Colin Steiner, Information Officer
(916) 795-3991 -

Ballots mailed today

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.

The runoff between Randall Cheek and Yvonne Walker was initiated when none of the three candidates received a majority of votes cast in the primary election that ended on September 26. Over 650,000 retired members are eligible to vote in this election.

Mr. Cheek is a retired deputy director of legislative and external affairs from the California State Lottery. Ms. Walker is a retired legal secretary from the Department of Justice. Each candidate’s statement is available at Special Retired Member Runoff Election.

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 December 5, 2022, to be counted. The newly elected member’s term will begin immediately upon certification by the Secretary of State and will end on January 15, 2028.

Eligible members who don't receive ballots by November 14, 2022, should call (877) 610-8637 to request a replacement ballot. Members can also vote online or by phone in just a few easy steps.

The 13-member CalPERS Board 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 Special Retired Member Runoff Election.

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 $428 billion. For more information, visit