Board Elections

2021 Election to the PERA Board of Trustees

Automated Election Services (“AES”) verified the candidates for the 2021 PERA Board election. The PERA Board accepted AES’s nominating petition counts on April 29, 2021.

State Position

The candidates for the State position are:

Information for each candidate is available through the Candidate Information link on this page.

Municipal Position

Valerie Barela, City of Albuquerque, submitted more than the required 150 valid nominations necessary to be an eligible candidate for the PERA Board Municipal Member position. AES verified that there were no other candidates for the PERA Board Municipal Member position who met the requirement to have a minimum of 150 valid nominations. PERA Rule NMAC states that if only one person is nominated for a non-retired Board member position, the election shall be cancelled and that person will automatically be declared the winner for the position. As a result, the PERA Board cancelled the Municipal Member position election for 2021 and declared Ms. Barela the winner. Ms. Barela will start her term of office in January 2022.


AES will mail out ballots to eligible State members on August 6, 2021. Ballots must be received by the Rio Rancho Post Office by noon on September 17, 2021 to be counted. Ballots received after this date are invalid and will not count toward the election results. Please make sure you vote early so your vote will count.

Please click on the following links for additional information: