Vote Now in the KERS Election
Voting is now open to active, inactive, and retired KERS members. Through KPPA's partnership with YesElections, members with a valid email address automatically receive an email from YesElections with instructions on how to cast their vote. Members who requested to vote by mail by the November 30, 2021 deadline, or who do not have an email address for their retirement account, will receive their ballot in the mail. Voting will close on March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Nominations by the Board
The following individuals have been selected by the current Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) Board of Trustees (Board) to appear on the Official Ballot for the upcoming Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) election. Candidates are listed in the order in which they will appear on the KERS ballot.
C. Jack Wright
KERS Position: Retired - Engineering Assistant, Kentucky Department of Highways (1972 - 1979)
Residence: Woodburn, KY
Education: Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering Technology - Western Kentucky University
Currently pursuing Bachelor of Science, Accounting - Western Kentucky University (estimated graduation May 2022)
Other Professional Associations: Bowling Green Noon Lion's Club - Current Secretary, Past Treasurer, Past President
Mammoth Cave Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers
Woodburn Community Fire Department - Former Treasurer
Woodburn Baptist Church - Current Treasurer
Why candidate would like to be a Trustee: I have been and am currently responsible for the finances of various organizations. I will apply
what I have learned in those roles and ensure that the best financial decisions possible are
made for the KERS membership.
Jack Wright's cover letter and resume.
KERS Position: Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer - The Council of State Governments (2008 - present)
Residence: Lexington, KY
Education: Juris Doctor - University of Kansas Law School
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science - University of Kansas
Certifications: Licensed Attorney
Other Professional Associations: University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration - Executive Committee, Board of Visitors
Former Kansas State Representative (1993 - 2001)
Former Kansas State Senator (2001 - 2005)
Why candidate would like to be a Trustee: While we live in uncertain times, there should never be anything uncertain about receiving the
pension benefits you have earned. KERS members should never have to worry about financial
security in retirement. As a trustee, I will work to make sure KERS always keeps its promises
David Adkins' cover letter and resume.
R. Campbell Connell
KERS Position: Staff Attorney III, Kentucky Department of Revenue (2007 - present)
Current KERS Elected Trustee (April 2018 - present)
Residence: Lexington, KY
Education: Juris Doctor - University of Kentucky College of Law
Bachelor of Arts, Economics (magna cum laude) - Williams College
Post-Graduate Year, studied International Law - University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
Other Professional Associations: Kentucky Bar Association
Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court
Admitted to U.S. Tax Court
Why candidate would like to be a Trustee: My sole priorities are the funding and solvency of our pension system. I have no loyalties to any
other institution or spending goals. House bill 8 passed in early 2021 commits Kentucky to
eliminating its prior pension underfunding. I will work to see that promise kept.
Campbell Connell's cover letter and resume.
Larry P. Totten
KERS Position: Retired - 36 years in various positions with Kentucky Department of Parks (1975 - 2011)
Current KERS Elected Trustee (May 2021 - present), appointed to fill vacancy
Residence: Frankfort, KY
Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration - Lindsey Wilson College
Significant coursework toward Master's Degree in Public Administration - Murray State University
Certifications: Certified Public Manager
Certified Hotel Administrator
Other Professional Associations: Kentucky Public Retirees - President, KPPA Liaison, Legislative Liaison
Kentucky Society of Certified Public Managers - Past President
American Academy of Certified Public Managers - Past President
Why candidate would like to be a Trustee: My primary focus as an elected KERS Trustee has been working to continue the progress made
in recent years to improve the financial outlook of our pension and insurance plans for the coming
decades. Keeping you informed as to what we are doing and how this is working will be
my second priority.
Larry Totten's cover letter and resume.
KERS Position: Home Health Administrator - Green River District Health Department (2015 - present)
Residence: Owensboro, KY
Education: Master of Health Administration - University of Southern Indiana
Bachelor of Arts, Computer Engineering - SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Associate of Applied Science - SUNY Sullivan
Certifications: Medical Interpreter Certification - Bridging the Gap
Qualified Spanish Interpreter - Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
School-Based Decision Making - Kentucky Educational Television
Other Professional Associations: Kentucky Home Care Association - Board of Directors
Kentucky Public Home Health Alliance
Minority Parent Representative - Highland Elementary School
Why candidate would like to be a Trustee: I would like to serve as a Trustee to provide support to our organization, to help make a real
difference to individuals and society as a whole.
Teudis Perez' cover letter and resume.
KERS Position: Public Health Director - Wedco District Health Department (2007 - present)
Residence: Lexington, KY
Education: Doctor of Public Health - University of Kentucky
Master of Public Health - University of Kentucky
Bachelor of Arts, Education - University of Kentucky
Associate of Arts - University of Kentucky, Lexington Community College
National Public Health Leadership Institute, 2011
Other Professional Associations: National Association of County and City Health Officials
American Public Health Association
National Association for Local Boards of Health
Kentucky Health Department Association - Treasurer and Executive Committee Member
Kentucky Public Health Association
Kentucky Association for Local Boards of Health
Why candidate would like to be a Trustee: I am a multi-generational Kentuckian dedicating
my career to public service, alongside many friends and co-workers. I also have family and
friends who have dedicated their lives to public service that rely on their pension. As a Trustee, I
have a vested interest in the retirement system and will work diligently toward the stabilization
and security of KERS for our current and future retirees to deliver on the promise of a pension.
Crystal Miller's cover letter and resume.
|January 20, 2022||Electronic voting open. Paper ballots mailed to membership.|
|March 1, 2022||Date by which electronic votes must be cast or paper ballot must be postmarked. |
|March 15, 2022||Ballots tabulated.|
|April 1, 2022||Winners of election begin term of office.|