Attack sets back guild arm's annual confab
HOLLYWOOD — Gotham-based Writers Guild of America East has delayed its election and annual membership meeting from Thursday to Oct. 4 due to the disruption from last week’s terrorist attacks.
The confab, set for 7 p.m. at the Empire Hotel, will be the final opportunity to cast ballots for the WGAE elections. Herb Sargent is seeking a sixth two-year term as top elected official of the 4,000-member org, facing opposition from WGAE VP Richard Wesley, who heads the org’s Committee for an Informed Membership, and veteran ABC news scribe Ron Baskin, a member of the WGAE Council.
Ballots for the election, which will fill the presidency and 11 other slots, went out at the end of August.
WGA West elections will go ahead as scheduled, with the Guild’s annual meet set for Thursday. Secretary-treasurer Michael Mahern and board member Victoria Riskin are seeking to succeed John Wells as president in what has been a low-key campaign, contrasting sharply with the 1999 battle between Wells and Beth Sullivan.
A total of 20 other candidates are seeking 10 WGAW offices and board seats.