Esai Morales Running For SAG-AFTRA President (EXCLUSIVE)

Originally posted on Variety:

Esai Morales is taking on Ken Howard for the presidency of SAG-AFTRA as the head of a revived Membership First slate.

Morales, a former Screen Actors Guild national board member best known for his role in “NYPD Blue,” was in the process of gathering signatures for his nominating petition this week. Jane Austin is seeking the secretary-treasurer slot as part of the slate.

Deadline for submissions is Friday.

Variety first reported Thursday that Howard would seek a two-year term as president of the year-old performers union, which will hold its first election in July and August.

Howard and Roberta Reardon have been co-presidents of SAG-AFTRA since March, 2012, when members approved the merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Ballots for the national, Los Angeles and New York elections will go out July 16 with an Aug. 15 deadline for receipt of…

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