Put your best nominee forward for the Board of Trustees election

Put your best nominee forward for the Board of Trustees election

March 6, 2019

ERS is accepting nominations until 5 p.m. CT, Monday, April 1, to fill one of three elected positions on the ERS Board.

Find a nomination petition and other documents on the ERS Trustees Election and Appointments webpage, or check with your human resources department.

Details 
Only active State of Texas agency employees who are contributing to the ERS Retirement Trust can run.

  • In this year’s election, employees of Health and Human Services (including the Department of State Health Services) and the Department of Public Safety are not able to run because those entities already have representation on the Board. However, employees in those agencies can nominate a candidate, sign a nomination petition and, of course, vote in the election.
  • To get on the ballot, the candidate must gather a minimum of 300 unique signatures from eligible voters. Candidates are encouraged to gather between 400 and 500 signatures to allow for invalid entries.
  • Eligible voters include active state agency employees who are contributing to the ERS Retirement Trust Fund, state agency retirees who get an annuity from ERS and former state agency employees who still have money in an ERS retirement account.
  • If a person signs a nomination petition more than once, or signs a petition for more than one candidate, neither signature will be counted.
Voting starts on Friday, May 10 and ends Friday, June 14. The candidate who gets the most votes will be the new trustee. Look for more information about the election and the specific candidates in upcoming issues of News About Your Benefits, on the ERS website and in the election packet ERS will mail to you.

Why vote?
As a State of Texas employee, you have valuable benefits. The ERS Board of Trustees works to ensure those benefits remain valuable and competitive. One way to ensure you are represented in benefit discussions is to vote in the election.

The Board makes important decisions about your benefits, including the approval of third-party administrators, designing plans to support your health care and pharmacy benefits, setting the budget for ERS operations and overseeing the investment and administration of pension assets. They also oversee the Texa$averSM401(k) / 457 Program and the retirement trust funds, which are made up of state, agency and member pension contributions.