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SAG candidates OK rerun

Board will also hear Petersen, Boggs challenges

The Screen Actors Guild has announced that all 10 candidates in the invalidated national elections for three offices have agreed to run again.

SAG’s elections committee tossed out the results for president, secretary and treasurer two weeks ago due to procedural violations by SAG staff and Sequoia Voting Systems. The committee said at that point that ballots would go out on or before March 15 with an April 10 return date.

But underscoring the ongoing turmoil within SAG, supporters of president Melissa Gilbert have mounted a campaign to toss out the election committee’s decision at next week’s national board meeting.

SAG staff also announced two weeks ago that the winners from the Nov. 2 election — Gilbert, secretary Elliott Gould and treasurer Kent McCord — would continue to serve in the interim.

Also rerunning will be Angeltompkins, Eugene Boggs and Valerie Harper for president; Renee Aubry and Kevin Kilner for secretary; and Amy Aquino and Kathleen Haigney for treasurer. Gilbert and Kilner, who ran on the same slate, were the only two candidates of the 10 who did not challenge the results.

SAG’s Monday national board meeting will include a challenge from Boggs to the staff decision to allow Gilbert, Gould and McCord to serve in the interim. Boggs has contended that the decision violates the SAG constitution requirements that the president be replaced by the 1st VP or that vacancies be filled by the board.

Also on the agenda is a request from Gilbert supporter Paul Petersen to throw out the elections committee decision due to allegations that the committee was improperly constituted. The request was put on the agenda even though the SAG constitution requires such a hearing be held within 45 days of the election.

The board is also scheduled to consider a previously announced move by McCord to demand reimbursement from Sequoia Voting Systems for the costs of the November election. Including postage, SAG’s costs amounted to more than $141,000.

The elections committee has not yet announced which firm will be employed to conduct balloting for the upcoming election. The SAG Awards committee has already spurned a bid from Sequoia and chosen K&H Integrity Voting Systems to handle its ballots.

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