SAG-AFTRA Unveils Candidate List for Inaugural Election


Paul Edney, Ken Howard, Marilyn Monrovia and Esai Morales are candidates for national president.

SAG-AFTRA has unveiled the roster of candidates for its first election since the merger between the two organizations.

National president candidates include current co-president Ken Howard along with Paul Edney, Marilyn Monrovia and Esai Morales. National Secretary-Treasurer candidates are Amy Aquino (incumbent) and Jane Austin.

Candidates elected for both national positions will serve two-year terms.

Howard and Aquino are leaders of Unite for Strength, the L.A.-based group that currently controls the union with its allies in New York and throughout the country. They’re not running on the UFS slate, however, but are endorsed by UFS. That arrangement resulted from a disagreement about whether to endorse current co-president Roberta Reardon for executive vp, as The Hollywood Reporter previously reported.

Morales and Austin are running on the Membership 1st slate – a spelling change from Membership First, the group’s previous name. Under its old moniker, and the presidency of Alan Rosenberg, the group controlled SAG from about 2005 through early 2009.

Edney and Monrovia are each running as independents.

No candidate has officially announced yet for SAG-AFTRA executive vp, a key national office that will be elected at the union’s convention in late September, rather than on the ballot. Reardon, however, has said she's likely to run.

In Los Angeles local elections, UFS is running an extensive slate for national board and for local officers and board, while M1st is running a much smaller, partial slate. In particular, M1st has no candidate for L.A. local president and only one for the two local vice president slots; UFS has a candidate for local president and two for the vp slots.

In New York, a slate from the long-standing USAN group, headed by incumbent local president and candidate for reelection Mike Hodge, faces off against NYC4U, with Reardon, at the top of the ticket, seeking election as New York local president.

In addition to officers and board members, there are numerous candidates for convention delegate in Los Angeles, New York, and the regional SAG-AFTRA locals. Ballots will be sent to members on July 16, with the return deadline set for Aug. 15.

A voters guide to the candidates can be found here.

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