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Roberta Reardon Narrowly Loses SAG-AFTRA N.Y. Presidency To Mike Hodge

Margin of 118 votes in contest

Mike Hodge has narrowly retained the New York presidency of SAG-AFTRA, topping SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon by 118 votes out of more than 6,000 following a spirited campaign.

Results released early Friday showed Hodge with 3,121 votes and Reardon with 3,003. Ken Howard, who easily won election as national president, had endorsed Hodge.

SEE ALSO: Ken Howard Re-Elected President of SAG-AFTRA

“I want to express my sincere thanks to all the members who made their voices heard by voting in our historic first SAG-AFTRA election,” Hodge said in a statement. “It was a vigorous campaign and I’m grateful that NY members have elected me to lead our local. I’m eager to work with the new board to continue building a strong future for all the entertainment and media professionals we represent.”

Reardon headed the two-month-old New York Coalition for Unity while Hodge led the United Screen Actors Nationwide slate, which has been the dominant faction in recent years in the local’s elections.

SEE ALSO: Roberta Reardon Heads N.Y. Coalition As SAG-AFTRA Election Heats Up

Reardon was president of AFTRA from 2007 to 2012 and became co-president with Howard when the union merged with SAG. She was a also strong advocate for the merger.

Both factions have been strong advocates for last year’s merger of SAG and AFTRA and each side focused its campaign on continuing to provide responsive leadership.

Hodge and Reardon both won national board seats along with Anne Gartlan, Rebecca Damon, Samantha Mathis, Linda Powell, Maureen Donnelly, Jay Potter, Liz Zazzi, Ezra Knight, Holter Graham, Polly Adams and Leslie Shreve.

The USAN slate won three more seats than the Coalition for Unity.

Mathis and Powell were listed on both slates. Damon, Zazzi, Potter, Shreve, Knight and Donnelly were USAN candidates while Gartlan, Graham and Adams were part of the Coalition for Unity.

Janice Pedarvis and Jeff Spurgeon ran unopposed as New York reps in the singer-dancer and broadcast categories, respectively.

The elections are the first step toward a “permanent governance structure” with 70 board seats allotted for the 22 locals with Los Angeles having 28 seats and New York with 16. A total of 10 national officers will also serve on the SAG-AFTRA national board bringing its total size to 80.

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