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Petition candidates join WGAW election race

The slate for the upcoming officer and board election for the Writers Guild of America West has broadened, with seven new board candidates now running by petition.

Additionally, vice presidential candidate Alfred L. Levitt, one of two candidates nominated for that post by the Guild’s nominating committee, has decided to drop out of the race. That leaves only Carl Gottlieb and Dorothy (D.C.) Fontana.

Fontana, who is running by petition, has aligned herself with the seven board candidates also running by petition.

“These writers represent the best of the Writers Guild, with experience encompassing just about all the genres in our contract,” Fontana said.

The new nominees are John Boni, Gordon Bressack, Rocci Chatfield, Lynn Roth, Mel Sherer, Doris Silverton and Jack B. Sowards.

Committee slate

There are eight open board seats. The candidates nominated by Guild committee are Jim Staahl, Joan Owens, Robert J. Elisberg, Don M. Mankiewicz, Don Segall, Naomi Foner, Greg Strangis, Alayn Swyer, Allen Estrin, Tom Blomquist, Daryl G. Nickens, Michael A. Hoey, Michael Tolkin, Larry Konner, Charlie Haas and Deborah M. Pratt.

Frank Pierson and Irma Kalish are running for president, while John Wells and Cynthia Thompson are running for secretary-treasurer.

The election will be held Sept. 21.

Members will receive candidate statements and rebuttals with ballots. Members may mail additional campaign material at their own expense.

Changes discussed

Neither the Informed Voters Amendment nor a Guild committee proposal to change the voting procedure will make it on this upcoming ballot. Meetings have been taking place between the proponents of the two measures to see if a compromised amendment could be drawn up.

Those meetings are ongoing.

The IVA, which received 233 signatures last February to get it on the ballet, would begin the information process for any Guild elections up to five months prior to the election. It would also call for pro and con statements in voter packages, none of which could be written by the Guild’s executive director or its staff.

A Guild committee drew up a second proposal addressing changes in the voting procedure. One of the most notable differences in this package would be to allow the executive director and staff input into the electoral process.

The Guild will host an evening with the candidates responding to direct questions on Sept. 2. Members may vote by mail or in person at the Sept. 21 meeting.

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