Person ID Acceptable on Nominating Petition Form

(9/23/19) – If you were asked to sign a Nominating Petition Form for an employee- or retiree-member, you may have noticed that we ask for the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN).

We request this information to confirm that those signing the form are members of SERS.  However, if you do not feel comfortable entering the last four digits of your SSN, we will also accept your SERS Person ID. Your SERS Person ID can be located on your quarterly check stub or member statement.

Employee-Member and Retiree-Member Seats Open

One employee-member seat and one retiree-member seat are up for special election.

Any member of SERS, other than a disability benefit recipient, is eligible to run for an employee-member seat, and any SERS disability or service retiree is eligible to run for a retiree-member seat. To be considered for election, the following requirements must be met:

Employee-Member seat

This Special Election is being held to fill one open employee-member Board seat that remains open because only one candidate met the qualifications to fill two available seats during last year’s election.

For this Special Election, candidates will be nominated by the Board members and the successor member will be chosen by a Board vote. All SERS members, other than disability recipients, are eligible to apply for the open employee-member seat.

Board members serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for all necessary expenses and for any loss of salary or wage as a result of serving on the Board. At its July 18, 2019 meeting, the Board set the following election schedule:

  • Candidates for the open employee-member seat shall send a resume addressed to the SERS Board of Trustees, 300 E. Broad St., Suite 100, Columbus, OH, 43215-3746 or by email to SERSBoardofTrustees@ohsers.org by October 1, 2019.
  • Candidates must submit a completed Certification Form. The completed original form should be mailed to the above address by October 1, 2019.
  • SERS staff will certify that the resumes received were submitted by eligible members of SERS.
  • All valid resumes will be sent to the Secretary of State for certification.
  • At the Board meeting scheduled for October 17 and 18, 2019, Board members will nominate candidates from the pool of resumes received. Each Board member is allowed to nominate one individual. Nominated candidates will be interviewed by the Board.
  • Interviews will take place at the November 21 and 22, 2019, Board meeting in Columbus, and the successor member will be elected at this meeting.
  • The term for the employee-member Board seat runs through June 30, 2020.

Retiree-Member seat

This Special Election is being held to fill one open retiree-member Board seat that remains open because no retiree met the qualifications to fill the available retiree seat during last year’s election.

For this Special Election, candidates will be nominated by the Board members and the successor member will be chosen by a Board vote. Any SERS disability or service retiree is eligible to run for a retiree-member seat.

Board members serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for all necessary expenses and for any loss of salary or wage as a result of serving on the Board. At its July 18, 2019 meeting, the Board set the following election schedule:

  • Candidates for the open retiree-member seat shall send a resume addressed to the SERS Board of Trustees, 300 E. Broad St., Suite 100, Columbus, OH, 43215-3746 or by email to SERSBoardofTrustees@ohsers.org by November 5, 2019.
  • Candidates must submit a completed Certification Form. The completed original form should be mailed to the above address by November 5, 2019.
  • SERS staff will certify that the resumes received were submitted by eligible retirees of SERS.
  • All valid resumes will be sent to the Secretary of State for certification.
  • At the Board meeting scheduled for November 21 and 22, 2019, Board members will nominate candidates from the pool of resumes received. Each Board member is allowed to nominate one individual. Nominated candidates will be interviewed by the Board.
  • Interviews will take place at the December 19 and 20, 2019, Board meeting in Columbus, and the successor member will be elected at this meeting.
  • The term for this retiree-member seat runs through June 30, 2021.

If you have questions regarding this Special Election, please contact Tim Barbour, External Communications Supervisor, by phone at 614-222-5901 or by email at tbarbour@ohsers.org.


Two Full-Term Board Seats Up for Election

One employee-member seat and one retiree-member seat are up for election with the terms beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2024. Any member of SERS, other than a disability benefit recipient, is eligible to run for an employee-member seat, and any SERS disability or service retiree is eligible to run for a retiree member seat.

To be considered for election, the following requirements must be met:

Employee-Member seat

  • Obtain signatures of 500 SERS members on a nominating petition provided by SERS with not less than 20 signatures of members from each of at least 10 counties where those members are employed
  • Make sure that each signing member indicates his or her employer, county of employment, and last four digits of his or her Social Security number

Retiree-Member seat

  • Obtain signatures of 150 SERS retirees on a nominating petition provided by SERS with not less than 10 signatures of retirees from each of at least five counties where those retirees reside
  • Make sure that each signing retiree indicates his or her county of residence and last four digits of his or her Social Security number

All seats

  • Begin gathering signatures on or after August 1, 2019 (Official Nominating Petition form below)
  • Deliver petitions with original signatures and a completed original Certification Form to the SERS office no later than 4:30 p.m., EDT, December 6, 2019

General information about the responsibilities of being a SERS Board member can be found in our Board Member Responsibilities and Election Guide.

If you have questions regarding these elections, please contact Tim Barbour, External Communications Supervisor, by phone at 614-222-5901 or by email at tbarbour@ohsers.org.


Board Election Materials

Nominating Petition Form – Employee-Member

Nominating Petition Form – Retiree-Member

Certification by Candidate for Election to the SERS Board – Vacant Retiree-Member Seat

Certification by Candidate for Election to the SERS Board – Vacant Employee-Member Seat

Certification by Candidate for Election to the SERS Board – Full-Term Employee- and Retiree-Member Seats

Campaign Finance Disclosure Statements Handout

Ohio Ethics Commission Financial Disclosure Statement

Ethics is Everybody’s Business Booklet

Doing Business With Retirement Systems in Ohio

Board Member Responsibilities and Elections Guide

Special Board Election Timeline – Employee-member Seat

Special Board Election Timeline – Retiree-member Seat

Full-Term Board Election Timeline


Interested in becoming a Board member? Download our Board Member Responsibilities and Elections Guide to learn more.

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