The actress beat out two candidates, including Ken Howard’s pick Mike Hodge
“Beverly Hills, 90210″ actress Gabrielle Carteris won the three-way race to become SAG-AFTRA’s new Executive Vice President on Thursday at the union’s inaugural convention.
Carteris beat out president Ken Howard‘s pick, New York Local president Mike Hodge, and Jane Stewart, who was a late entry to the race.
A total of 303 ballots were cast. Carteris received 66.5 percent of the vote, Mike Hodge received 23.22 percent, Jane Austin received 10.28 percent. Millie Wright was also a candidate.
“I am so grateful to be elected executive vice president and I look forward to building on the merged union that we created, being one and fighting the good fight,” said Carteris.
The actress was on the boards of both SAG and AFTRA prior to their 2012 merger, which she stressed as her qualifications for the leadership post.
Though Howard publicly endorsed Hodge, Carteris picked up an important endorsement in former SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon. Last month, Reardon narrowly lost the race for the union’s N.Y presidency to incumbent Hodge.
The union’s No. 2 post was decided by about 350 delegates who gathered for their inaugural convention at the JW Marriott Hotel.
Carteris, a leader in the pro-merger Unite For Strength movement, played Andrea Zuckerman on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” She’s since served nearly three decades in both unions, which now represent a combined 165,000 members.