MRSEA 2019 SLATE OF CANDIDATES
Each year, five positions on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota State Retired Employees Association are up for election.
In the fall of each year, current directors are surveyed to determine their interest in running for another three year term. Subsequently, an announcement is made in the winter newsletter soliciting MRSEA members who are interested in running to submit a letter of interest and qualifications for board membership. The Nominating Committee of the Board then determines which (if any) of the candidates are recommended for endorsement Any candidates not receiving endorsement may have their name placed on the ballot as well. The election of Board of Directors members takes place at the annual meeting in May. At the meeting, endorsed candidates are requested to make a short statement regarding their work history and reasons for their desire to serve on the Board. Any other candidates requesting to be on the ballot or nominated at the meeting have the opportunity to address the attendees at meeting as well. A member nominated from the floor and not at the meeting must provide a written statement to be read at the meeting which states their qualifications and wishes to be on the board. All candidates’ names will appear on the ballot for the election of Directors at the May Annual Meeting If a printed ballot is required the ballot election is conducted at the meeting. If no printed ballot is required a voice vote is conducted at the meeting. Each candidate must receive a majority of the vote to be elected. Candidates elected begin serving at the next (June) meeting of the Board.
RICK PERKINS Endorsed Incumbent
After graduating from college, I worked for three years in management
positions with farm cooperatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota. I left the work world for law school and after completing the program at William Mitchell, St. Paul, I entered private practice for sixteen (16) years, in Rochester and LeSueur,
Minnesota. I was appointed to the bench in the First Judicial District in 1994 and was subsequently elected and re-elected, retiring in 2014. I continue to work as a Senior (retired) Judge in the First District and by appointment of the Supreme Court on statewide judicial panels. I was elected to the MRSEA board in 2016. On behalf of the organization, I act as Board liaison to the Mankato subchapter and to the Minnesota State Retirement System board. I wish to continue serving on the board.
I retired in 2016 after a thirty year career with MNDOT as an engineer. The last few years of work I mentored and trained interns in doing construction plan reviews. The training I did was a way I felt I could help “pay it forward”. I want to continue to
do this while in retirement. One of the ways is to preserve our pension and health benefits for current and future retirees. In addition, I also participated in the “day on the hill” meetings with legislators for my union while I was an employee.
I graduated in 1972 from St. Cloud State College. I taught Jr. High math and science classes for two years prior to applying for a position for a Field Weights and Measures Investigator in the Dept. of Public Service. That position started my fourty-one year career with the State. I retired in 2016 and have been an election
judge, worked security for the main security contractor of the last fourteen Super Bowl games. I also participate with Toastmasters International, Dakota County 4-H, Burnsville Parks and Natural Resources Commission and Planning Commission. The purpose and objectives of MRSEA deserve support of all of us that are retired.
I served for 27 years as a finance specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education. In this capacity, I was responsible for several areas in developing budget forecasts; completed fiscal notes pertaining to any legislative proposals
in my area of expertise. Currently, I'm working with the Minneapolis Regional Retiree
Council and the State Retiree Council on a number of issues including income and health care security for seniors. I would like to continue MRSEA's work in protecting and strengthening our pension system and in ensuring the long-term solvency of the Social Security System. It is also critical to ensure that state retirees have a voice at the table when retiree health plans are addressed.
The MRSEA Mission Statement is aimed at some of the same topics which are important to me. Meaningful deliberation to give positive outcomes a chance; gaining and providing information to aid in one's personal as well as decision-making deliberations; communicating with other persons and groups who may be
stakeholders; and, of course, gaining and continuing social contact. I earned a MS in School Administration. I have also taught classroom instruction at the high school and university levels, adult night courses, and 6th grade Sunday School Classes, research and project development for public schools as a Project Director for the MN Dept. of Education, Chief Financial Officer for major departments/ divisions at both the U of M and State of MN, manager at a charitable non-profit foundation
and a state-wide public employee retirement association and, also, volunteer involvement at a variety of levels in community and church organizations.
MRSEA serves you as a social organization and works hard to preserve and improve your public retirement benefits.