The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 5, 2011
Michael Bilbrey wins CalPERS board seat in preliminary results

Michael Bilbrey has won a seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration by nearly 40,000 votes, according to preliminary results released late today by the pension system.

Bilbrey faced Richard Ross in a special runoff election to fill a vacancy on the 13-member board. The Secretary of State's Office must still certify the results.

A CalPERS press release said Bilbrey received 117,034 votes, 60 percent, and Ross received 78,718 votes, 40 percent.

Bilbrey takes over the at-large seat that Kurato Shimada resigned from last August. His term expires Jan. 15, 2014.

For more on the first round of voting, read an earlier post on The State Worker.

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