Following a contentious battle for re-election, “BH90210” actress Gabrielle Carteris defeated opponent Matthew Modine to retain presidency of the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA with 44% of the votes. Running mate Camryn Manheim, who stars in ABC’s “Stumptown” this fall, was elected secretary-treasurer with 53%. The bitter election campaign was marked by accusations of labor law violations on both sides.
“I’m very grateful to all of the dedicated SAG-AFTRA members who participated in our union’s elections,” Carteris, who has been president since 2016 and will serve another two years, said in a statement. “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.”
“I am honored to have been elected as our union’s secretary-treasurer and to serve in partnership with Gabrielle Carteris,” Manheim announced. “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.”