Thesp after national recording secretary spot

Elliott Gould has launched a run for national recording secretary of the Screen Actors Guild.

Gould, who was nominated for an Oscar for 1969’s “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” was active in supporting SAG during last year’s commercials strike. He was elected to the national board as a Hollywood rep last fall after receiving the fourth highest number of votes, trailing only Valerie Harper, Tom Bosley and the late Steve Allen, out of 74 candidates.

Gould has already endorsed the presidential candidacy of Harper, who is compiling an Actors Moving Forward slate. Rival Melissa Gilbert, who finished fifth in last year’s Hollywood board race, has already launched a Web site at gilbert4pres.com; other announced candidates for president are Hollywood board members Angeltompkins and Eugene Boggs and Philadelphia member Arleen Goman.

Current national recording secretary Karen Austin has decided not to seek re-election and has endorsed Gould.

Austin, who has also endorsed Harper, plans to seek a board seat as a Hollywood rep. She served two years on the board before winning the recording secretary post in 1999.

Move by Austin means that the incumbents in SAG’s three national offices are stepping down. Prexy William Daniels and treasurer F.J. O’Neill have already announced they are not seeking re-election.

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