The Results are In: Ralph White Re-elected for Another Term
Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws c.10, §18 and c.32, the Massachusetts State Board of Retirement ( conducted a regularly scheduled election for one of the two elected positions to its five-member Board. The elected member will serve for a three-year term without compensation beginning January 2014.
The State Retirement Board oversees the administration of benefits for members of the Massachusetts State Employees' Retirement System.
All qualified members of the Massachusetts State Employees' Retirement System, were entitled to vote either online or by mail. Official ballots were mailed on October 11, 2013 and the deadline to vote was Friday, November 22, 2013.
The number of votes each candidate received are as follows:
1. Ralph White (Incumbent): 12,715
2. Thomas C. Mullane: 1,107
3. Christine Turner: 1,667
4. Randy P. Azzato: 637
Overall, 16,126 (11.71%) members of the total electorate voted, of which 11,980 were by paper and 4,146 by internet.
Ralph is excited to carry on as your elected member representative. He stated “I will continue to be your guardian of the Commonwealth’s pension fund – a sacred trust fund, which belongs to YOU, not the state. I am always available (617-723-7283) to you as a member of the State Retirement System. Thank you for re-electing me so that I can continue to fight on your behalf for a more equitable retirement formula and increased pension COLA and survivor benefits. The attack on our pension benefits has been relentless. You need me on the line, and I need your support. Thank you once again.”
Mr. White founded the Retired State, County, and Municipal Employees’ Association in 1968 and served as President until November 2013. Mr. White has served on the State Retirement Board since 1996. He is currently legislative chairman of the Massachusetts Association of contributory Retirement Systems (MACRS), which represents all of the Commonwealth’s 105 retirement Systems. He was a member of the state’s Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board from its inception in 1983 until 2008.