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Teachers: Vote in Teachers Retirement Board Election

Voting period: January 23, 2017 - February 28, 2017

Wisconsin Retirement System teachers have the opportunity to elect two members to the Teachers Retirement (TR) Board. The 13-member TR Board advises the Employee Trust Funds Board on retirement and other benefit matters involving public school, vocational, state and university teachers.

Active (currently employed) teacher members of the WRS (excluding those employed by the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin technical college system districts or the University of Wisconsin System) are eligible to vote in this election.

Three candidates are vying for two seats on the TR Board. Review the candidates' statements below, then vote online. Cast your ballot between January 23 and February 28, 2017. It's that easy!

To participate:

  1. Get your ETF member ID and PIN at http://tiny.cc/etfregister.
  2. Vote! Go to http://tiny.cc/etfvote from January 23 through February 28, 2017!

Questions? Contact the election help desk via email or call toll free 1-888-492-4763. Assistance will be available 24/7 during the election period.

Meet the Candidates:
TR Board: Active Teacher Member Seat
You may vote for up to two of the three candidates.

James Langkamp
James Langkamp

I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with public school students throughout my entire 24-year career in small school districts such as Lomira, Poynette, and Rio as well as medium and large school districts like Portage and Janesville. Currently I am the Director of Activity Programs for the School District of Baraboo. I believe it is important to contribute to the greater good of the teaching profession, and would be honored to serve on the Teachers Retirement Board. The Wisconsin Retirement System is one of the strongest, most stable systems in the nation. I would like to do my part to help make sure it remains that way for current retirees, as well as teachers currently in any stage of their career.


David Wiltgen
David Wiltgen

I have enjoyed serving you for the last 15 years and look forward to continue protecting our money in the WRS. I have taught Spanish in Eau Claire for 22 years and have served on the Teachers Retirement Board for 15 years. I also serve on the Employee Trust Funds Board and am the vice-chair of the ETF Board's Budget and Operations Committee. I am the longest serving member on the TR Board and I will use my experience to keep our system one of the best in the world. I am an active investor and business owner and enjoy managing money. I read the Wall Street Journal and monitor the markets daily. I will continue to work for all of us to preserve the stability of the WRS and to protect our funds.


Nicole Zwiefel

Nicole Zwiefel

I started as a third grade teacher with the Royal School District. After my daughter was born, I accepted a kindergarten teaching position with the Tomah Area School District and am enjoying my fourth year there! I have been covered under the WRS since August 2011. I look forward to this opportunity to represent all teachers and address any needs or concerns. I have experienced learning about the WRS and how it will affect me in my future. I look forward to learning more.

Ready to vote?
Follow these two easy steps:

  1. Get your ETF member ID and PIN at http://tiny.cc/etfregister.
  2. Vote! Go to http://tiny.cc/etfvote

Voting closes February 28!

Note: Watch for election results in the May edition of WRS News Online.