July 21 is deadline for other prospective candidates
The Screen Actors Guild’s nominating committee has officially approved two candidates — current president Ken Howard and secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino.The duo had told Variety two weeks ago that the were seeking re-election (Variety, June 8) via their Unite For Strength faction. SAG made the announcement Thursday following interviews with Howard and Aquino. Other candidates for the two slots have until July 21 to file petitions along with elections for directors and alternate directors of the national board. Ballots will be mailed Aug. 33 with a return deadline of Sept. 22. The progressive-oriented Membership First faction, which has seen its power erode in recent years, hasn’t yet tapped a candidate. Howard won the 2009 election with 47% of the vote over Membership First’s Anne-Marie Johnson with 33% and Seymour Cassel with 18% while Aquino narrowly beat Membership First incumbent Connie Stevens. He’s spent the past two years pushing for a merger beteween SAG and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists. Membership First has insisted that a merged union be for actors only without broadcasters and singers. It has less than a dozen seats on the current SAG national board including those held by Ed Asner, Scott Bakula, Elliott Gould, Ed Harris, Diane Ladd and Martin Sheen.