AFTRA prexy will seek re-election

Connolly continues to work steadily as an actor

AFTRA prexy John Connolly has indicated he will seek a second two-year term at the Aug. 14-16 national convention in Nashville.

“I’m not automatically assuming I’ll be re-elected, and I’ll be consulting with everyone in the coming weeks, but my intention is to stand for re-election,” Connolly told Daily Variety. The Los Angeles-based thesp won the office by acclamation at AFTRA’s convention two year ago, succeeding four-term prexy Shelby Scott of Boston.

Connolly has been active in a variety of AFTRA initiatives, including opposition to the FCC’s easing of media ownership regs and support of the recent SAG-AFTRA merger proposal. AFTRA voters backed the deal by 76% while SAG voting fell short of the 60% requirement.

Connolly has continued to book spots as a thesp during his term, including “Without a Trace,” “Mr. Sterling” and a recurring role as Matt Kelly on “The West Wing.”

“I have no alternative but to keep working,” he noted. “I’ve been lucky enough to work for 32 years non-stop in SAG, AFTRA and Actors Equity, and I could not have done it without union contracts. I think I bring the sensibilities of a long-term career actor to the issues at hand.”

AFL-CIO president John Sweeney has been tapped as the keynote speaker at the convention, which will attract over 400 delegates, each repping 50 members. Besides president, the delegates will also elect first and second vice presidents, seven regional VPs, recording secretary and treasurer.

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