The Screen Actors Guild announced that it has re-elected actor Ken Howard as the organization’s president. It will be his second two-year term, following his first election in September 2009.
Secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino was also brought back for another two-year term. Their terms officially begin this Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.
An important issue in the election was the movement for a merger between SAG and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which both Howard and Aquino support.
Commenting on his re-election, Howard said, “There’s nothing more important than members exercising their right to vote, and I’m very grateful for their continued support. With so many pro-merger candidates elected again this year, there’s no doubt what members want, and I look forward to presenting a comprehensive plan to the SAG and AFTRA national boards in January.”
In the SAG statement, Aquino said, “Two years ago, SAG members definitively set the Guild on the road to merger, and this election confirms they want it more than ever. I’ll continue working to strengthen SAG’s operations and finances, and I’m honored to be able to help my fellow performers achieve the crucial goal of creating one union.”
Howard is known for his role as a basketball coach on the TV show "The White Shadow," and also played Thomas Jefferson in "1776."