A New York based slate of SAG-AFTRA officer and board candidates announced its candidates Thursday, June 27, in advance of a more comprehensive list expected from the union within a matter of days. The slate, called USAN, has been allied with Unite for Strength, the Los Angeles based group led by several of the union’s current officers.
Topping the USAN ticket is incumbent Mike Hodge for NY local president, and Rebecca Damon, Maureen Donnelly, Jay Potter, and Liz Zazzi for NY vice presidents.
“Mike Hodge knows what’s important to working members because he is one,” said SAG-AFTRA co-president Ken Howard. “He knows firsthand the challenges we face and has a no-nonsense approach to getting things done, no matter how tough. I’ve always counted on Mike’s leadership.”
“When hard work needs to be done, I’ve always depended on Mike Hodge, Rebecca Damon and the rest of the USAN team,” SAG-AFTRA executive vice president Ned Vaughn said. “In the tough fights ahead — in areas like cable TV and new media — Mike and USAN will stand strong.”
Hodge said, “When I ran for SAG NY president, it was to help deliver merger to the New York members. I’m unwavering in my efforts to bring more jobs to NY members and I won’t back away from the fight to stop the spread of non-union work.”
The USAN candidates for the 2013 National and NY Local Boards of Directors are Rebecca Damon, Maureen Donnelly, Traci Godfrey, Mike Hodge, Verania Kenton, Ezra Knight, Christine Nagy, Janice Pendarvis, Jay Potter, Kevin Scullin, Leslie Shreve, and Liz Zazzi. USAN also endorses Samantha Mathis and Linda Powell.
Additional USAN NY board candidates include: Manny Alfaro, Dave Bachman, Edoardo Ballerini, Marc Baron, Gene DeFrancis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sandra Karas, Jeff Knapp, John Leyman, Jack Mulcahy, Buzz Roddy, Keith Randolph Smith, Jamal Story, and Rick Zahn.
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