2018 Council Elections


The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced the 2018 candidates for its Council election.

Ten (10) council seats will expire this year: seven (7) Freelance and three (3) Staff.

The terms for newly elected Council members will run for two years beginning September 21, 2018.   The Annual Meeting and Council Election will be held at 5pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Voting online and by mail will begin at 12am on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The WGAE does not endorse or recommend any candidates for Guild office.

The eleven (11) candidates for the seven (7) open Freelance seats are (order determined by lot*):

  • Michael Winship
  • Monica Lee Bellais
  • Larry J. Cohen
  • Lisa Takeuchi Cullen (i)
  • Michael Rauch
  • Kaitlin Fontana
  • Andy Rheingold
  • David Angelo
  • A.M. Homes (i)
  • Chris Kyle (i)
  • Kyle Bradstreet (i)

The five (5) candidates for the three (3) open Staff seats are (order determined by lot*):

  • Jeff Young
  • Gail Lee (i)
  • Matt Nelko (i)
  • Kathy McGee (i)
  • Kelly Stout

Freelance members work in screen, television and new media; and Staff members work in television, radio and digital news shops.

*The order of listing candidates is determined by a drawing of candidates’ names by lot, conducted by two Guild members with a WGAE staff member acting as witness.

*(i) denotes incumbent


CLICK HERE to read statements from all the candidates running in the 2018 WGAE Council Elections.