UPDATE, 12:35PM: Gabrielle Carteris has been elected SAG-AFTRA’s new Executive Vice President at the union’s convention today. The Beverly Hills, 90210 actress and former LA Local co-President beat NY Local president Mike Hodge and last-minute candidate Jane Austin for the powerful union position voted on by delegates. (UPDATE 4:13 - A total of 303 ballots were cast in the race say SAG-AFTRA. Carteris received 66.5% of the vote from the delegates while Hodge received 23.22% and Austin pulled 10.28%. In a separate vote, Hodge was elected to a National VP position along with 6 others) Recently elected National Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino was among those who spoke in favor of Carteris to the delegates. The result may not sit that well with union President Ken Howard, who threw his support very publicly behind Hodge. Carteris was endorsed by former SAG-AFTRA co-President Roberta Reardon. The convention continues until September 29 and will be followed by a two-day National Board meeting.
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Original Beverly Hills 90210 actress and former SAG-AFTRA LA Local co-president Gabrielle Carteris is running for the union’s powerful Executive Vice President job, the actress announced tonight. “As National Executive Vice President of SAG-AFTRA I will work with President Ken Howard, my fellow union leaders and members to help SAG‑AFTRA find its strong common voice,” she said in a statement. The EVP election will take place at SAG-AFTRA’s inaugural convention September 26-29 in LA. It looks like former National co-President Roberta Reardon won’t be seeking the EVP gig as was widely expected. Instead, she has endorsed Carteris. “As we approach the 2014 negotiations, we need Gabrielle’s steady hand and steely determination to help guide our union,” Reardon said Sunday. Reardon narrowly lost a bid to become President of the NYC Local in the union’s recent national election, its first since last year’s merger. Reardon was elected a Local and National Board Member in the vote.
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