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CalPERS Election: New Board Member, Same Perspective

October 5, 2017

The results are in for the California Public Employee Retirement System’s (CalPERS) Member-at-Large election, but only one winner has been announced thus far. David Miller, a scientist at the Department of Toxic Substances Control and heavily backed by labor, will take over Position A on the CalPERS Board of Administration (Board). The winner of Position B, however, will be decided in a runoff election since none of the four candidates vying for the position successfully reached the necessary 50 percent benchmark.

Contests for the two Board seats have been high-profile and contentious, attracting the attention of journalists up and down the state. Labor unions endorsed David Miller for Position A and Michael Bilbrey for Position B, spending more than $100,000 to augment their campaign funds. David Miller, running on the slogan “Miller Will Put Members First,” defeated his opponent, Michael Flaherman, with 64 percent of the vote and will start his four-year term on January 16, 2018.

With Position A already decided, labor’s other backed candidate, Michael Bilbrey, faces a runoff election in the fight for Positon B. Bilbrey, the incumbent in the race, will go head to head with challenger Margaret Brown, a manager in the Garden Grove Unified School District. The results from this past election show Brown, a self-proclaimed CalPERS “Watchdog,” with 35 percent of the vote and Bilbrey with 41 percent. Candidate statements are available online with further direction on where to find additional information (click here for Bilbrey, click here for Brown).

Ballots for the runoff election will be mailed on November 10, with the last day to vote on December 10. Whoever wins will join David Miller on the Board, both beginning their four-year terms on January 16, 2018.

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