So what do voters need from a candidate? For starters, we need to start talking about retirement. The economic issues we're facing as a nation — inequality, the gender pay gap and stagnating wages — all come to a head in retirement, and it needs to be part of the national economic discussion.
Second, we need candidates who will promise to protect the retirement benefits we already have. That means supporting policies that strengthen our public pension systems, rather than stripping them of the modest funds that millions of teachers, nurses, firefighters, and other public workers rely on after a career serving their communities. And finally, we need lasting solutions that strengthen retirement security by expanding access to pension systems and incentivizing employers to offer high-quality retirement plans.
Commentary by Bailey Childers, an executive director of the National Public Pension Coalition which strives to protect the financial security of working families who rely on public pensions. Follow her at @baileykchilders.