Diehr Wins in Low Turnout CaPERS Election

George Diehr has been officially re-elected to the board of administration of CalPERS, as the state elected member. Diehr received 77.5% of the votes cast; Inderjit Kallirai received 22.4% of the eligible vote. Only 28,373 votes cast by eligible state and California State University employees out of about 340,000 eligible voters. I did my part to try to boost voting by holding a candidate forum, also sparsely attended. (see Video Friday coverage)

Diehr, who was first elected to the CalPERS’ board in 2002 is vice president of the board and chairs the powerful investment committee. Rob Feckner, current president of the CalPERS board and the school representative, and Priya Mathur, public agency representative, both ran unopposed and were already declared winners. (Diehr wins re-election to CalPERS board, P&I Daily, 10/27/2010)

With the recent resignation of Kurato Shimada, there will be another election at CalPERS next spring. With no incumbent running and since the seat is elected by all members of the system, I expect much higher interest and intend to sponsor another candidate forum. I may ask candidates a number of questions in advance of the forum so that potential voters and the public have a better understanding of their positions on the issues. Questions for candidates from readers are welcome.

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