Los Angeles - Writers Guild of America West’s nominating committees have announced the initial list of candidates for the 2023 Officers and Board of Directors election.
The Officer candidates are as follows*: President – Meredith Stiehm (inc.), Rich Talarico; Vice President – Michele Mulroney (inc.), Isaac Gómez; Secretary-Treasurer – Jeffrey Thompson, Betsy Thomas (inc.).
There are 24 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the Board of Directors as follows: Nicole Yorkin (inc.), Molly Nussbaum, Danielle Iman, Maggie Levin, Blake Masters, Rob Forman, Anthony Sparks, Justine Bateman, Alex O’Keefe, Dailyn Rodriguez (inc.), Jonterri Gadson, Adam Conover (inc.), Leah Folta, Susannah Grant, Grant Scharbo, Safia M. Dirie, Sean Presant, Scott Alexander, Jackie Penn, Kira Snyder, Dante W. Harper (inc.), Van Robichaux, Zoe Marshall (inc.), Niceole Levy.
*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 Committee, 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 21, 12:00 p.m. (PT). Members may submit online nomination petitions by visiting the members-only section of the Guild’s website: www.wga.org.
The WGAW will host a Candidates Night forum, where Guild members may pose questions to the candidates, on Wednesday, August 30.
Guild members will receive voting materials, including links to candidate, non-candidate, and rebuttal statements, if any, on August 29. Candidates may distribute additional campaign materials at their own expense. The voting period concludes on Tuesday, September 19, at 12:00 p.m. (PT). Members may vote online or request a paper ballot to vote 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.