SAG clears thesps to run for slots

Along with Johnson, LaGrua, 14 tapped to run for the 13 seat

The Screen Actors Guild’s nominating committee has OK’d Anne-Marie Johnson and Tom LaGrua, key negotiators for SAG’s film-TV contract, to run for VP slots repping Hollywood.

Johnson, SAG’s leading voice on affirmative action as head of its ethnic employment opportunity commission, was approved to seek the office of 1stVP, while LaGrua, who spent nearly a year heading the negotiating team, was cleared for the 3rd VP slot. Both are also board members.

Over the weekend, the panel also approved thesp Esai Morales for 9thVP, board member Michael Harrity for 11th VP and board member Elliott Gould for national recording secretary. It had previously cleared Valerie Harper to run for prexy and Kent McCord to run for treasurer ( Daily Variety, Aug. 14).

The committee also tapped 14 members to run for the 13 Hollywood board seats up for election, selecting Robert F. Amico, Daryl Anderson, Karen Austin, Gene Feldman, Leigh French, Sumi Haru, Richard Herd, David Jolliffe, Russell McConnell, Michael Monks, Al Sapienza, Kipp Shiotani, Cynthia Steele and Yale Summers.

Anderson, McConnell and Summers are current board members, while Austin is national recording secretary. Haru is 1st VP, Herd 3rd VP, and Jolliffe 11th VP; Amico, Monks and Steele served as strike captains during last year’s commercial strike; McConnell served on the negotiating teams for the commercials and film-TV contracts.

Harper has not yet announced a slate, but endorsers include Austin, Johnson, Morales and Summers.

Deadline for submission of nominating petitions is Sept. 12; elections will take place during the final three weeks of October.

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