Aaron Mendelsohn Wins Writers Guild Secretary-Treasurer Post

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Aaron Mendelsohn has won the election to succeed Carl Gottlieb as secretary-treasurer of the Writers Guild of America West after opponent Marjorie David withdrew from the contest.

Mendelsohn’s election was revealed Thursday as the WGA West shared its final list of candidates for the upcoming election, a month after announcing candidates selected by its nominating committee. New candidates are permitted to run via petition, but no new candidates have emerged.

Mendelsohn’s credits include producing “Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader” and writing “Air Bud.” He is also a current board member and will assume the secretary-treasurer post on Sept. 21, when the election concludes.

Jeff Westbrook also withdrew his name from the 17 previously announced candidates running for eight board seats with two-year terms. The ninth-place finisher in that contest will serve the remaining year of Mendelsohn’s term.

The key contest pits Howard Rodman and Joan Meyerson for the presidency. David A. Goodman and Gottlieb (“Jaws”) are seeking the VP slot, currently held by Rodman.

Several prominent newcomers to WGA politics such as Zak Penn (“X-Men: The Last Stand”), Mara Brock Akil (“The Game”) and Meredith Stiehm (“Homeland”) are seeking board seats along with incumbent Patric Verrone, best known for leading the WGA during the 2007-08 strike, and “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray.

Other incumbents seeking re-election are Carleton Eastlake, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Karen Harris and Ari B. Rubin. The other board candidates include Andrea Berloff, Cynthia Riddle, Cole Haddon, Aaron Fullerton, Courtney Ellinger, Luvh Rakhe and Dan Wilcox.

Results will be announced Sept. 21. The WGA West has about 8,000 members while the WGA East reps about 4,000 members.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser is precluded by guild rules from seeking a third consecutive term. The WGA East, which negotiates jointly with the WGA West, announced last month that Michael Winship is running unopposed for a fifth two-year term as president.

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