PERSWatch, also published by CorpGov.net publisher James McRitchie, sponsored the “CalPERS Candidates’ Forum,” moderated by the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The forum took place in the CalPERS Auditorium, Lincoln Plaza North, 400 P Street, Sacramento, California.
Seven candidates running in the Special Election, to fill the Member-At-Large Position B vacancy, participated in the event. This forum was open to all CalPERS members, media and the general public. Attendees had the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates via question cards.
Over 120 people were able to attend in person, twice the number that attended our last CalPERS Candidates’ Forum and four times the number that attended our first forum. We hope these forums will improve the dialogue between candidates, CalPERS members, and the general public, as well as helping members make more informed voting choices.
Special thanks to the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County for facilitating the Forum and to CalPERS for the use of their auditorium and for creating the following videos so that those of you who could not attend in person can still benefit from this effort.
- Video: Introduction and Opening Statements, Part 1 – Read the transcript (PDF, 33 KB)
- Video: Question and Answer Session, Part 2 – Read the transcript (PDF, 45 KB)
- Video: Question and Answer Session, Part 3 – Read the transcript (PDF, 56 KB)
- Video: Closing Statements and Conclusion, Part 4 – Read the transcript (PDF, 28 KB)
Thanks to the election reform efforts of PERSWatch, if no candidate receives a majority vote in the initial election, a runoff election will be conducted between the two candidates who received the highest number of votes. I would love to see similar forums for corporate board elections sponsored by the Council of Institutional Investors or other groups representing shareowners.