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SAG-AFTRA’s Ned Vaughn Ends Run for State Assembly

Father of five cites family obligations for withdrawal

Ned Vaughn, a key architect of the SAG-AFTRA merger, has decided against running for a California State Assembly seat as a Republican after a two-month campaign.

Vaughn, whose acting credits include “Frost/Nixon,” “China Beach” and “The Hunt for Red October,” cited the demands of being a parent for his decision.

“As I initially considered my decision to run, I felt I could strike an acceptable balance between family life and the demands of mounting a first-time political campaign,” he said in a statement. “Of course I knew it would be challenging; life with our five children, ages 6-13, is quite full even in normal circumstances. There are myriad school activities and programs, soccer, baseball and other sports, church activities, community theater, and the list goes on.”

“Well, even though my wife Adelaide is a wonder when it comes to managing our busy family schedule, my early campaign experience has given me valuable insights that have caused me to re-evaluate my choice to run,” he said.

Vaughn had resigned as the union’s exec VP on Aug. 21.  He had been a leader of the moderate Unite for Strength faction — headed by SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard — that has come to dominate the board room during the past four years via a strategy of stressing the need for merger.

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Members of SAG and AFTRA voted overwhelmingly to merge the unions in March, 2012. In addition to Howard and AFTRA’s then-president Roberta Reardon , Vaughn was often the public voice for the pro-merger side.

Vaughn was seeking the Republican nomination for the 66th District, which covers the South Bay area including Torrance, Gardena and Redondo Beach. Democrat Al Muratsuchi was elected to the post last year with 55% of the vote for a two-year term.

“My concern about our children’s future in California was one of the principle reasons behind my candidacy,” he said Friday.  “That makes this change of plans especially difficult and it’s a decision I’ve wrestled with. But despite my personal commitment, I’ve determined the timing of this pursuit is just too soon for my still-young family.”

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