Ken Howard has been elected president of the Screen Actors Guild and Amy Aquino will serve as secretary-treasurer. Both will serve two-year terms starting on September 25.

Ballots were mailed to 99,485 paid-up SAG members on August 25, and 27,295 were tabulated on September 24 for a return of 27.4%.

Howard received 12,895 votes, while his rival presidential candidates  Anne-Marie Johnson came in second with 8,906 votes, Seymour Cassel third on 4,838 votes, and Asmar Muhammad fourth on 402 votes. 

“I’d like to be among the first to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our newly elected Screen Actors Guild national leadership,” SAG interim national executive director David White said.

“I look forward to working closely with our new president, Ken Howard, and new secretary-treasurer, Amy Aquino, as we focus on the wide range of critical issues facing our members in the coming year.

“I also extend my thanks, and the gratitude of SAG members and staff to Alan Rosenberg and Connie Stevens for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our union.”

Howard said he was deeply honoured to be elected, adding: “I campaigned on the promise that I’d do everything in my power to strengthen our position at the bargaining table by building a greater unity with AFTRA and the other entertainment unions, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.

“Despite the sharp differences that those of us active in Guild affairs sometimes have over strategy and tactics, we need to continually remind ourselves that we’re all on the same team, fighting for the same thing — and by pulling together, we’ll only grow stronger.”