Ned Vaughn Elected SAG 1st VP

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Ned Vaughn was elected 1st vice president of the Screen Actors Guild and president of the guild's Hollywood division Monday night. Vaughn, co-founder of SAG's moderate Unite for Strength party, succeeds Anne-Marie Johnson, whose rival faction MembershipFirst suffered heavy losses last month in guild elections.

"I am honored to serve Screen Actors Guild as 1st vice president and privileged to represent the members here in Hollywood," Vaughn said in a statement released by SAG. "Our recent board election made it clear: Hollywood members overwhelmingly want performers in one union, not divided in two. I'll work hard to advance that goal and to make progress in every aspect of protecting our members."

Vaughn, who was elected last month as an alternate to SAG's national board, was also appointed by the Hollywood directors to take the seat of outgoing national board member Amy Brenneman, who stepped down.

The New York division re-elected its president Mike Hodge to the role of SAG's 2nd vice president.