LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Melissa Gilbert was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in a retake of a vote that had been thrown out by union officials after questions about procedures in the first round of balloting.
Following a bitter election campaign, Gilbert garnered 21,351 votes, or 57 percent, to challenger Valerie Harper's 12,613, or 34 percent, a SAG spokeswoman said Saturday.
"I'm honored to have been trusted by the SAG membership," Gilbert said in a prepared statement. "With the re-run of the election now behind us, I welcome focusing on the crucial issues at hand."
In the results announced in November, "Little House on the Prairie" star Gilbert, 37, also defeated Harper, 61, of "Rhoda" fame. In that round of voting, Gilbert received 45 percent of the vote to Harper's 39 percent.
"I want to sincerely thank everyone who supported my candidacy," Harper said in a statement. "In this election, re-run in a fair and uniform manner, the real winner is the democratic process."
Harper thanked those who participated in the vote. "As a member of the SAG board of directors, I look forward to immediately focusing on the crucial issues facing the membership," she said.
Also seeking the top post were Eugene Boggs, who gained 2,178 votes according to Saturday's results, and Angeltompkins, who got 1,010 votes.
Kent McCord, who was elected treasurer in November, was re-elected, defeating Amy Aquino and Kathleen Haigney. Elliott Gould was elected recording secretary, outpolling Kevin Kilner and Renee Aubry.
According to SAG, 41.4 percent of those eligible to participate in the election cast ballots.
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