It’s a wrap for SAG’s races

Campaigns conclude Monday for more than 40 spots

HOLLYWOOD — Campaigning concluded Monday in a hard-fought election for more than 40 Screen Actors Guild posts, with results set to be announced at the end of the week.

With turnout expected to be in the usual 20%-25% range among the 98,577 eligible voters, candidates continued prowling entrances of casting offices and credit unions in the hope of converting members who remained undecided or unaware.

“We’re still seeing a lot of members, especially younger ones, who have not voted yet,” said 1st VP candidate Anne-Marie Johnson, who was handing out fliers outside an audition. “But I’m very pleased that there’s lots of interest in what we’re saying. I’m staying here to the bitter end today.”

Much of the focus has been on the race among Angeltompkins, Eugene Boggs, Melissa Gilbert and Valerie Harper to become SAG’s 23rd president. William Daniels, who upset incumbent Richard Masur in 1999, chose not to seek re-election.

Deadline for receipt of ballots by mail is 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Several regional races already have been completed. In Florida, Laird Stuart was re-elected to the post of 7th VP; in Chicago, Norm Woodel ran unopposed for 5th VP while Eileen Parkinson won over John Carter Brown for a national board seat.

Local Chicago winners were Lisa Lewis for prexy; Oksana Fedunyszyn for 1st VP; Eileen Parkinson for 2nd VP; Thompson Howell for secretary; and Roslyn Alexander, Herb Graham, James C. Jackson, Fern Persons, James Schneider and Mary Seibel for council.

SAG’s national board decided two weeks ago to cut its membership from 107 to 71 to make operations less costly and more efficient. If approved in a yet-to-be-set member vote, terms for all offices except president, secretary and treasurer will expire a year from now rather than two- and three-year intervals.

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