Matthew Weiner Among Candidates for WGA West Board of Directors

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Fourteen candidates, including several bold-faced names, are running for eight seats.

Fourteen candidates have been nominated for eight seats on the Writers Guild of America, West board, the guild announced Tuesday, including at least three widely recognized names: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, actor/writer/director Keenen Ivory Wayans and former WGA president Patric Verrone, who led the union during its tumultuous 2007-08 strike.

The complete list, as announced by the guild’s nominating committee in an order determined by lot, is: Weiner, Verrone (incumbent), Ligiah Villalobos, David Slack, Wayans, Ali LeRoi, Courtney Ellinger, Marjorie David (inc.), Glen Mazzara, Dan Wilcox, Zoanne Clack, Jonathan Fernandez (inc.), Chip Johannessen (inc.) and Richard Keith.

In addition, eligible members may also be nominated by petition. Members seeking nomination for the Board of Directors must obtain 15 member signatures in support of their petitions and submit the signed petitions to the WGAW by Friday, July 22, at 12:00 p.m. PT, which they can do online at

The guild will host its annual Candidates Night, where members may meet and pose questions to the candidates, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles.

Guild members will receive candidate, non-candidate and rebuttal statements, if any, with their ballots prior to the election. Candidates may distribute additional campaign materials at their own expense. Members may vote online, by mail or in person at the guild’s offices on Monday, Sept. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT, at which time voting concludes. Ballots will be counted that day and election results announced when the tally is complete. Proxy voting is not permitted.