Local SAG-AFTRA election results already are beginning to trickle in, and the clear winner is apathy. In Hawaii, all 11 candidates, including incumbent President David C. Farmer, ran unopposed — and according to the union they “shall be declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote.”
The same results were reported from the union’s Missouri Valley local, where incumbent President Tom Murray and eight other candidates ran unopposed and were declared elected “without the necessity of a membership vote.” In Missouri, however, there was so little interest in the election that no one even bothered to run for the office of recording secretary, for two local board seats or four convention delegate positions, which the union said were left “unfilled.”
Ken Howard already has announced that he intends to seek another term as SAG-AFTRA President, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll face opposition. Assuming that he and his slate of running mates are not declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote, ballots will go out to members July 21 and be counted August 20.