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Vaughn re-elected SAG first VP

Hollywood division board selected him Wed.

Ned Vaughn, a leader of the Unite for Strength faction, has been re-elected overwhelmingly as first VP of the Screen Actors Guild.

Vaughn will continue to serve as the lead officer of the Hollywood division of the guild.

The Hollywood division board, which has shifted to a moderate majority since last year, selected Vaughn at its meeting Wednesday evening.

Anne-Marie Johnson, a leader of the dormant Membership First faction, had held the post between 2008-2010. About 60% of SAG’s 120,000 members are part of the Hollywood division.

In the past three years, Vaughn has been the public voice of the self-styled moderates of Unite for Strength. The faction has swept the recent elections in the Hollywood Division over the more assertive Membership First group and has gained traction by pushing hard for a merger with the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists to form a single performers’ union.

Vaughn won a three-year term to the national board last month, receiving the eighth-highest vote total out of 53 candidates.

Vaughn’s credits include “Frost/Nixon” and “Courage Under Fire.”

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