The “Screen Actors Guild” (SAG) & the “American Federation of Television and Radio Artists” (AFTRA) announced last week the complete election results for 2013. Ken Howard was re-elected as national president for a two year term with SAG-AFTRA. Amy Aquino was also re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer for two more years. Even though the 175,000 member (estimated) union is divided by politics. The voting reveals that SAG-AFTRA should stay the course with Ken Howard as President (Unite for Strength). Esai Morales (Members First) received half the votes Howard had garnered. Native American union members had voted in this election as well.
According to the SAG-AFTRA press release - “Ballots for the national officers election were mailed to 139,967 eligible voters on July 16, and 28,755 were returned today, for a return of 20.54 percent. Howard received 16,396 votes, with Esai Morales receiving 9,850 votes, Paul Edney receiving 1,359 votes and Marilyn Monrovia receiving 960 votes. In the election for secretary-treasurer, Aquino was elected to the position with 17,590 votes and Jane Austin received 10,662 votes.”
President Ken Howard said, “I'm gratified that members across the country have reelected me to lead our union and continue building on the strong foundation we created through merger. I want to congratulate Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino on her reelection and offer my sincere thanks to all the candidates who ran for office. I look forward to joining the delegates who will assemble in Los Angeles for the first SAG-AFTRA convention in late September, and then moving forward with the new leadership team to do the important work that members have entrusted to us.”
Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino said, “This is an extremely exciting time for our union, and I’m deeply grateful to my fellow members for their vote of confidence in what we’ve already achieved, and for the continued opportunity to help focus SAG-AFTRA’s resources to build the effective organization that we all need and deserve.”
SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director 'David White' welcomed the officers saying, “I would like to extend my congratulations to the newly elected board of directors and especially to President Howard and Secretary-Treasurer Aquino. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ken and Amy over the past several years and look forward to the opportunity to continue our efforts. I know that I speak for the entire staff team when I say that we are honored to work with the first elected board of SAG-AFTRA, and are eager to work in partnership on the many challenges and opportunities facing this union.”
Below are the local SAG-AFTRA New Mexico elected members.
Roy Costley - National Board Member – 4 year term
Tom Schuch - President – 2 year term
Mel MacKaron - 1st Vice President – 2 year term
Cliff Gravell - 2nd Vice President – 2 year term
Karen Cotter - Secretary – 2 year term
Paul Blott - Local Board Member – 2 year term
Michael L. (Mike) Miller - Local Board Member – 2 year term
Cliff Gravell - Convention Delegate – 2 year term
Mel MacKaron - Convention Delegate – 2 year term
Michael L. (Mike) Miller - Convention Delegate – 2 year term