Gabrielle Carteris Thursday begins a second two-year term as president of SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood’s biggest union, and Camryn Manheim becomes secretary-treasurer.
Ballots for the national offices election were mailed to approximately 145,700 eligible voters on July 29, 2019, according to a SAG-AFTRA statement. Of the total number of votes, 30,837, or 21.17%, were returned. In the election for president, Carteris received 13,537 votes, followed by Matthew Modine with 10,682 votes, Jane Austin with 5,048 votes, Queen Alljahye Searles with 1,096 votes and Abraham Justice with 367 votes, the statement said.
Manheim was elected to the secretary-treasurer position with 16,047 votes. Candidates Jodi Long, Chuck Slavin and Rob Stats received 10,251, 2,204 and 1,790 votes respectively.
“I’m very grateful to all of the dedicated SAG-AFTRA members who participated in our union’s elections,” Carteris said. “Their support is humbling and I vow to fight every day on their behalf. We will keep building on our commitment to honesty, transparency and a strategic vision that protects our members, strengthens our contracts, and fortifies our union.
“I look forward to coming together and working with all of the elected leaders from across the nation. Together, we will continue to build on our successes and further establish SAG-AFTRA as the world’s premier and most powerful entertainment union.”
Manheim added, “I am honored to have been elected as our union’s secretary-treasurer and to serve in partnership with Gabrielle Carteris. I’m grateful to all the SAG-AFTRA members who participated in this critical election. I’m eager to take on my new responsibilities, and to further protect and strengthen our union. I promise to use my loud voice to represent the needs of all our members.”
SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White welcomed the officers, saying: “I would like to congratulate President Carteris and welcome Camryn Manheim to her new position as secretary-treasurer. President Carteris’ vision and dedication have enabled SAG-AFTRA to make great strides in achieving many of our initiatives and goals over the last several years. I look forward to continuing that work with her and look forward to working with Camryn and all other elected officers throughout the nation.”
A working actor for nearly 30 years, Carteris became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and its revival “BH90210.” Her resume includes work in television, film and the stage, with recent credits including a recurring role on Code Black and guest-starring roles on “Criminal Minds,” “Make It or Break It,” “The Event,” “Longmire” and “The Middle.”
Carteris was first elected SAG-AFTRA president in April 2016, and previously served as executive vice president from 2013-16. A fierce advocate for inclusion and equity for all, Carteris is a sought-after speaker and panelist on diversity topics. In August 2016, she was also elected a vice president on the AFL-CIO’s executive council.
Camryn Manheim portrayed feisty defense attorney Ellenor Frutt on the ABC drama, “The Practice,” for eight years, garnering an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Manheim was nominated, once again, for an Emmy and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Gladys Presley in the miniseries “Elvis.”
Manheim will again appear on television in the new drama, “Stumptown,” which will premiere this fall.
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other entertainment and media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world, the union says. An affiliate of the AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA has national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide representing members working together to secure the strongest protections for entertainment and media artists into the 21st century and beyond.
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