WGA, West Unveils Final List of Board and Officer Candidates

Petition candidate Jeff Lowell joins the list,

Last Updated: July 23, 2011 @ 4:22 PM

The Writers Guild of America, West unveiled its final slate of candidates for its upcoming Officers and Board of Directors election on Friday. 

Jeff Lowell, the writer of "John Tucker Must Die," has added his name to the list of board candidates after launching a petition campaign. He reportedly wants to push the guild to step up its contract enforcement efforts.

Current president John Wells' decision not to seek re-election has thrown the race to replace him open to Patric M. Verrone and Christopher Keyser. Verrone, a writer for "Futurama," previously served as the union's president from 2005 to 2009. Keyser was a writer for "Party of Five" and "Sisters."

Howard A. Rodman ("Savage Grace") and John Aboud ("Leverage") are squaring off for vice-president. David N. Weiss ("Shrek 2") and Carl Gottlieb ("The Jerk") are running for secretary-treasurer.

There are 18 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of Directors. Incumbents Carleton Eastlake, Linda Burstyn, Ian Deitchman, Dan Wilcox and Bill Ray are running again. They are joined by Thania St. John, Anthony Sparks, Barbara E. Nance, Ari B. Rubin, Nelson Soler, John Brancato, Mark Alton Brown, Jay Kogen, David S. Goyer, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Michael Oates Palmer, Nell Scovell, and Lowell.