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Rebecca Damon Re-Elected SAG-AFTRA Exec VP Over Matthew Modine

SAG-AFTRA convention delegates have re-elected Rebecca Damon to a two-year term as executive vice president of the performers union over Matthew Modine.

The vote took place Friday on the opening day of the biennial SAG-AFTRA National Convention in Los Angeles at the Universal Sheraton. The four-day event is closed to the news media.

The exec VP slot is the second-highest elected post in SAG-AFTRA and shall act in the place of the president if the president is absent.

Damon has been in the exec VP post since April, 2016, succeeding Gabrielle Carteris in the slot. Carteris became president after Ken Howard died, serving the final 16 months of his term and was re-elected in August over Esai Morales and three other candidates. Damon has also been serving as acting president of the New York local since Mike Hodge passed away last month.

“It is my honor to continue to serve the members of SAG-AFTRA as executive vice president and as acting New York Local President,” Damon said. “I will fight for the future of our union and make sure we stay ahead of the curve and prepared to face tomorrow’s challenges.”

Damon was part of the successful efforts to merge SAG with AFTRA in 2012, which brought in broadcasters and recording artist into what had been an actors union. SAG-AFTRA has about 160,000 members.

Damon has credits on “The Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live” in addition to working as a voiceover performer. She is a SAG-AFTRA National Board member and chair of the national Government Review Committee and MOVE NY Committee.

Modine was elected to the board for the first time in August as a representative of the Los Angeles local. He’s part of the self-styled progressive Membership First faction, which opposed the merger.

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