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SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election

Variety logo Variety 7/12/2017 Dave McNary
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SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris is running for re-election on the Unite for Strength slate.

The move, which was expected, was officially announced on Wednesday. Ballots will go out to union members on July 25 and the results will be announced on Aug. 24. The union has about 160,000 members.

Carteris was voted in as president unanimously by the SAG-AFTRA national board in April, 2016, to fill out the remaining 16 months of the late Ken Howard’s term. She had been elected executive vice-president at SAG-AFTRA’s biennial convention in 2015.

Carteris will be running against two already-announced candidates, Membership First’s Esai Morales and stuntman Peter Antico. Morales has held off on disclosing his platform since his June 13 announcement.

Additionally, Jason George is running for Unite For Strength for the secretary-treasurer post against incumbent Jane Austin, who’s Morales’ running mate.

Carteris chaired the union’s negotiating committee in the bargaining for a successor deal to the SAG-AFTRA master contract covering primetime TV and feature films. The union and the production companies reached a deal on July 4 after more than a month of negotiations.

Carteris is best known for her work on “Beverly Hills, 90210” as high-school newspaper editor Andrea Zuckerman. She strongly supported state legislation last year that was aimed at preventing IMDb from revealing actors’ ages. IMDb parent Amazon has obtained an injunction blocking that law.

“It has been my great honor to serve as your president, pressing forward and leading the vital work of SAG-AFTRA, the world’s most powerful entertainment union,” she said on Wednesday. “We must be responsive to our members’ needs, whatever the platform, whatever their work, wherever they live. Whether it’s negotiating new contracts, organizing Telemundo, standing up for a fair Interactive agreement, or keeping our ages off of IMDb, the work of SAG-AFTRA never stops. Our employers are enjoying record breaking profits and it is vital that we earn our fair share and retain the ability to make a living. I pledge to continue devoting my time, energy, and passion to fight for SAG-AFTRA members.”

Her candidacy has been endorsed by Octavia Spencer, Alec Baldwin, Rita Moreno, Jane Lynch, Noah Wyle, Margo Martindale, Regina King, Michael Cudlitz, Keith David, John Cho, Phylicia Rashad, Robert Patrick, Stephen Lang and Luke Perry.

Morales ran in 2013 against Howard as the head of the self-styled progressives in the Membership First faction and  Patricia Richardson ran as their presidential candidate in 2015. Howard won 53.7% of the 2015 vote as the head of Unite For Strength.

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