Los Angeles –The Writers Guild of America West’s nominating committees have announced the initial list of candidates for the 2021 WGAW Officers and Board of Directors election.
The Officer candidates are as follows: President – Meredith Stiehm; Vice President – Michele Mulroney; Secretary-Treasurer – Betsy Thomas.
Despite its best efforts, the Officer Nominating Committee was unable to identify additional candidates willing to run for the three officer positions, as required by the WGAW Constitution. The Committee encourages any member interested in running for an officer slot to utilize the constitutional procedure for nomination by petition, described more fully below.
There are 19 candidates running for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of Directors as follows*: Adam Conover, Daniel Kunka, Nicole Yorkin (inc.), Dailyn Rodriguez, Dante W. Harper (inc.), John Rogers, E. Nicholas Mariani, David DiGilio, Marjorie David, Zoe Marshall (inc.), Robb Chavis (inc.), Liz Alper (inc.), Adele Lim, David Renaud, Aaron Wiener, Gregory Bonsignore, Alvaro Rodriguez, David H. Steinberg, Billy Domineau.
*Editor’s Note: WGAW internal rules require candidates to be announced in an order determined by lot; (inc.) denotes an incumbent candidate.
In addition to the candidates selected by the Guild’s nominating committees, eligible members may also be nominated by petition. Members seeking nomination for the office of President, Vice President, or Secretary-Treasurer must obtain 25 member signatures in support of their petitions. Members seeking nomination for the Board of Directors must obtain 15 member signatures in support of their petitions. The deadline for submitting signed petitions to the WGAW is Friday, July 23, at 12:00 p.m. (PT). Members may download online nomination petitions by visiting the members-only section of the Guild’s website.
The WGAW will host a virtual Candidates Night forum, where Guild members may meet and pose questions to the candidates, on Wednesday, September 1.
Guild members will receive voting materials, including links to candidate, non-candidate, and rebuttal statements, if any, on August 30. Candidates may distribute additional campaign materials at their own expense. The voting period concludes at Tuesday, September 21, at 12:00 p.m. (PT). Members may vote online or by mail. In accordance with labor law, proxy voting is not permitted.
The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.