SAG President Ken Howard to seek another term
Howard, along with Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino, will seek reelection as the guild's top national officer in upcoming board elections for the 125,000-member union.
About one-third of 69 national board seats are up for grabs this year. Howard and his supporters, who have made merging with the smaller American Federation of Television & Radio Artists a top priority, are fielding 34 candidates for the open seats.
Those include first vice president Ned Vaughn, current board member Adam Arkin ("Chicago Hope") and seven new candidates, among them actors Tony Shalhoub ("Monk"), Stephen Collins ("No Ordinary Family") and Kate Flannery ("The Office").
"I'm proud to be running with these candidates,'' said Ken Howard, who was elected president in 2009, in a statement. "Two years ago, I promised members I would do everything possible to bring SAG and AFTRA together, so performers would no longer face the serious problems that come from being divided in two unions. Members have made it clear they need action as soon as possible, and I'm committed to delivering a formal merger plan by January."
The union faction that has opposed Howard's supporters did not field a slate of candidates to run against him this time. Howard will square off against three lesser-known candidates: David Hillberg, Asmar Muhammad and Sharon Rubin. Ballots will be mailed to SAG members Aug. 23 and counted Sept. 22, SAG said in a statement.
-- Richard Verrier
Photo: Actor Ken Howard, president of the Screen Actors Guild, at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.