Screen Actors Guild prez Richard Masur has been elected to a second two-year term, defeating challengers Angel Angeltompkins cq and Terrence Beasor by a solid majority.
In balloting concluded late Friday, Masur, an Emmy-nominated performer with dozens of feature and TV show credits, captured 10,371 votes. Angeltompkins finished second with 4,996 votes and Beasor received 2,124 votes.
Turnout was 20% of the guild’s 91,766 members, a percentage point lower than the 21% who voted in the 1995 elections.
While Masur believes that his first term brought significant progress, he anticipates the second term will bring greater challenges. At the forefront is working out the final details of a long-proposed merger with the American Federation of Theatrical and Radio Artists, which earlier this year was held up by problems in combining the unions’ pension and health plans.
“I think these next two years will be extremely intense,” Masur told Daily Variety, referring to the AFTRA merger as well as early negotiations skedded in January for a new contract with producers.
“We wish the AFTRA merger was an accomplished fact,” Masur said. “I feel very strongly that members have waited 40 years to have a chance to vote on the merger, and we have a responsibility to allow them to have that vote.”
Masur also plans to step up the union’s legislative agenda next year in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. For example, in Sacramento, SAG is lobbying for better protection of child actors, and in the nation’s capital, the guild plans to help steward a proposed privacy bill in Congress that would help protect egregious abuses by both stalkers and “bounty-hunting photojournalists.”
“Everybody has been relating that to Princess Diana, but we had been working on this for almost a year prior to that tragedy,” Masur said.
In other races, Sumi Haru, previously SAG’s first VP, barely edged out John Connolly for recording secretary. Haru received 8,750 votes and Connolly received 8,627 votes.
F.J. O’Neil, who ran unopposed, was elected to a third two-year term as guild treasurer.
Running unchallenged, Amy Aquino was elected first VP, general membership, Los Angeles, and Mel Boudrot was elected second VP, New York.
In the race for third veepee, general membership, Los Angeles, Paul Napier won with 3,264 votes.
Also running unopposed were Kim Sykes for fourth VP, New York, Mary Seibel for fifth VP, Chicago, and Chuck Dorsett, San Francisco.
Laird Stuart defeated Harold Bergman for seventh VP, Florida, by a tally of 470 to 405. In the spot for eighth VP, regional branches, Nik Hagler ran unchallenged.
In the race for ninth VP, general membership, Los Angeles, Bob Carlson defeated four challengers with 2,824 votes.
For 10th VP, New York, Maureen Donnelly won with 2,854 votes.
In the race for 11th VP, general membership, Los Angeles, David Jolliffe won with 3,083 votes.
Larry Keith ran unopposed for 12th veepee, New York.
The following members were elected to the national board of directors, Hollywood general membership: Anne-Marie Johnson, Karen Austin, Sally Stevens, Paul Napier, Susan Boyd, Bob Carlson, David Jolliffe, Betsy Salkind, Amy Aquino, Russell McConnell, Henriette Mantel, Haru, Eddie Allen, Todd Amorde, Steven Barr, Mitchell Ryan, Gary Epp, Eugene Boggs and Wren Brown.
For the national board of directors, New York, the following members were elected: Maureen Donnelly, Kim Sykes, Lisa Scarola, Geena Goodwin, Marilyn Roberts, Michael Arkin and Skip Hinnant.
In the Florida branch, Bill Cordell ran unchallenged for election to the national board. In addition, Grace MacFarlane and Ed Vasgersian, who both ran unopposed, were elected to the national board, San Francisco.
In Chicago, Jack Shaw defeated Claudia Vasilovik