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Strike leaders among 29 cleared for SAG board run

Guild readies for fall election in midst of labor unrest

A total of 29 nominees, including many who have been active in the current strike, have been cleared by the Screen Actors Guild nominating committee to run for the union’s board as Hollywood reps.

The candidates include a trio of high-profile members — Frances Fisher, Sally Kirkland and Joe Pantoliano — who have been among the most active celebrity members along with strike captains Gordon Drake, Matt Kimbrough and DeWayne Williams.

Current board members Anne-Marie Johnson, Russell McConnell and Chuck Sloan, who have been key strike leaders, are seeking re-election. Johnson has been a highly visible presence at a number of events, while McConnell and Sloan sit on SAG’s contract negotiating committee.

Other current board members seeking re-election include Renee Aubry, Jeff Austin, Eugene Boggs, Tom La Grua, Scott Pierce, Sy Richardson and Raymond S. Zielinski.

Additionally seeking seats are Kathleen Bailey, Barbara Cheeseborough, George Coe, Joseph Lambie, Dan Navarro, Joanelle Romero, Racheal Seymour, Terrie Snell, Steve Tom, Jerry G. Velasco, Karl Warren and John West.

The fall election, which will fill 25 board of director seats, may provide more momentum to SAG’s militant efforts. Last year’s election turned on SAG voters supporting a Performers Alliance slate, headed by current prexy William Daniels, that promised far more aggressive bargaining on the commercials contract.

SAG and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists are entering the 107th day of their strike. Work stoppage is 13 days longer than the previous record.

SAG’s nominating committee completed interviews and deliberations over the weekend for the slots, which include 20 for three years, three for two years and two for one year. Members may still qualify for nomination by completing petitions by Sept. 12.

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