Should people running for public office turn down PERS?
If you're running for public office, should you turn down the PERS pension plan? John Ludlow, a candidate for Clackamas County Commissioner, is doing just that. He claims that since the PERS program is for public employees, that people in office in Oregon taking advantage of the PERS pension is a conflict of interest.
Here's an excerpt from Oregon Live on Ludlow turning down PERS:
He says that he is the only candidate in the race "who will refuse to join the Public Employees Retirement System."
Ludlow faces current Chairwoman Charlotte Lehan, county Commissioner Paul Savas, and state Rep. Dave Hunt.
Is Ludlow the only candidate to make such a promise? Perhaps just as important a question: Are elected officials even able to decline joining the retirement system?
I think Ludlow is in the right here. Perhaps this will encourage other candidates to follow suit.