COAERS Board of Trustee Elections


COAERS Board of Trustees Retired Member Election for Place 10

The Fall 2020 elections are approaching for the COAERS Board of Trustees Retired Member Election for Place 10. Currently held by Board Chair Eyna Canales-Zarate, the Place 10 term expires at the end of December 2020 and the new four-year term will begin January 2021. 


COAERS Board of Trustees Active Member Special Election for Place 6

This December 2020, COAERS will hold the Active Member Special Election for the unexpired term of Place 6. Place 6 is currently held by Michael Benson, who will be leaving active membership to retire. The new term will begin January 2021 and continue through December 2023.
To be eligible for the Place 6 Special Election, candidates must be an active member currently contributing to COAERS and not on a leave of absence. Please know that employees currently employed by Austin Energy, Austin Water, and Public Works departments cannot run in this election since these departments are currently represented on the COAERS Board of Trustees. 
How to Become A Candidate
If you are interested in becoming a candidate for Place 6 or Place 10, email Michelle Mahaini at Candidate Application Packets will also be available on our website in July, so please be sure to check back here for updates.

The tentative deadline to submit your completed candidate application is September 18, 2020 at 5 pm. The deadline is subject to change, so please be sure to check for the latest information about official application deadlines and other key election milestones. 



Board elections are held every year for active and retired trustee positions and are overseen by a volunteer committee called the Nominating and Election Committee. Terms for elected board members are four years and the terms are staggered so that there is an active or retired place for election every two years. As an active employee, you have the opportunity to vote for peers running for active board positions. When you retire, you can vote for the retired positions. You can also be a candidate yourself for these positions.

The volunteer Nominating and Election Committee meets approximately four times in the election year: once to kick off the election season, next to review candidate qualifications, then prepare ballot, and lastly to tabulate votes. All meetings are held at the COAERS Boardroom at 6850 Austin Center Blvd, Suite 320. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Michelle Mahaini at

Candidate applications are submitted in September, with ballots mailed out in October and voting by December. The newly elected board member will begin their new term the upcoming January.

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