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Four Board Seats Up For Election in 2022

PERA Board members listen to a speaker at the Board's Sept. 2021 planning session

Each May, Colorado PERA holds an election for its Board of Trustees. This year, four seats will be up for election.

The Board of Trustees plays a vital role in PERA’s operations, overseeing the administration of all benefits and programs at PERA. The Board comprises 16 Trustees, and PERA members and retirees directly elect 12 of them. The governor appoints three (with approval by the Senate), and the State Treasurer serves as an ex officio member. Elected Board members serve without pay, but are reimbursed for necessary expenses.

Election details

The following seats are up for election this year:

  • School Division—4-year term (To be filled by an active employee of a public school, not including Denver Public Schools)
  • State Division (Higher Education)—4-year term (To be filled by an active employee from an Institution of Higher Education)
  • State Division/Special Election—2-year term (To be filled by an active employee at any employer assigned to the State Division, other than an Institution of Higher Education)
  • Local Government Division—4-year term (To be filled by an active employee at a Local Government Division employer)

Anyone interested in running for one of the open seats can request a candidacy packet between now and Feb. 28. Candidates must then gather 100 signatures from members of their division. All paperwork must be submitted by March 1.

In early May, every PERA member whose division has an open seat will receive a ballot in the mail. If only a single candidate runs in a division, no election is held, and no ballots will be mailed.

The Board will announce election results in June.

For more information or to request a candidacy packet, click here.


  1. Erroll says:

    Can a subsyitute teacher run for the “School Division—4-year term “?

    • PERA On The Issues says:

      Hi Erroll, to apply for candidacy, a member must be actively and consistently contributing to PERA. This means being on the monthly payroll, or if a teacher, nine months of pay postings (once a month during the school year).

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