WGA sets board contenders

17 candidates will run for eight open seats

The WGA West nominating committee has tapped 17 candidates to run for eight open seats on the guild’s board of directors.

Only three incumbents — Ron Bass, John Bowman and Aaron Mendelsohn — have opted to seek re-election to another two-year term. Incumbents Ted Elliott, Craig Mazin, Melissa Rosenberg, Alex Sokoloff and Larry Wilmore have chosen not to run.

Remaining candidates include Nancy De Los Santos, Barbara Esensten, Maya Forbes, David Goodman, Mark Gunn, Karen Harris, Warren Hutcherson, Saladin K. Patterson, Dawn Prestwich, Hollis Rich, Jose Rivera, Robin Schiff, Naren Shankur and John Wirth.

Candidates may also run via petition with 25 signatures of current members, due by July 21. The election will be held in September.

Elliott ran for president last year against Patric Verrone, whose Writers United slate swept all 11 open slots for officers and board members.

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