AFTRA announces election results

Incumbents win most of the open slots

Incumbents won most of the open slots and a dissident faction picked up three seats in the Los Angeles branch of AFTRA, which announced its election results Tuesday.

National board members from Los Angeles re-elected to four-year terms include actors Andrew Caple-Shaw, Patrika Darbo, Jason George and Sumi Haru; dancer Sharon Ferguson; singers Linda Harmon Jon Joyce and Dan Navarro; and stuntperson Nick Brett.

Actors Audrey Baranishyn, Bonnie Bartlett, Frances Fisher and Bill Ratner were newly elected to the national board.

Bartlett, Fisher and Haru ran as part of the AFTRAartists slate, campaigning on a platform that AFTRA needs to stop signing deals for cable shows with provisions for free re-runs (such as “Dirt,” “Zooey 101,” “Hannah Montana” and “Sarah Silverman”) and only sign deals that are equivalent to SAG’s. AFTRA’s contention has long been that if the shows are shot on digital, either union can go after the program since that area has never been defined and that AFTRA should make these deals with cable nets to avoid producers going non-union.

Reelected to three-year terms on the Los Angeles local board were actors Lori Alan, Audrey Baranishyn, Matthew Kimbrough and Bill Ratner; announcer John Harlan; dancer Sharon Ferguson; broadcasters Furnell Chatman and David Horowitz; singers Jon Joyce and Dan Navarro; and stuntperson Nick Brett. New Los Angeles board members include actors Roxanna Cortes, Milo Edwards, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Pine and Joan Pirkle.

Half a dozen officers ran unopposed for two-year terms, including branch president Ron Morgan, first VP Susan Boyd Joyce, second VP Lori Alan, third VP Bobbie Bates, fourth VP Jason George and treasurer Jay Gerber. Patrika Darbo was named as a candidate for recording secretary, replacing Dan Navarro, who chose not to seek re-election.

A total of 2,078 valid ballots were received.

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