'IATSE Local 52 Elects Dusty Klatt, Defeating Wife of

Elects Dusty Klatt, Defeating Wife of

The New

York local of IATSE has elected William “Dusty” Klatt as its new president, in the

Klatt, a

retired electrician, defeated Mandie DeMeskey, the local’s business representative, by a tally of 1,591 to 570

DeMeskey is

married to Matthew Loeb, the president of the parent union, the International Alliance of Theatrical

The election

marks a change of direction for Local 52, which represents about 4,500 workers, including sound technicians, electricians,

“The union

has to change — that’s my platform,” Klatt told Variety

Klatt has

most recently served as the union’s recording secretary

In a

message to the membership before the election, he argued that the union was not “effective,

Many members

also expressed concern during the campaign that DeMeskey’s marriage to Loeb would compromise the

DeMeskey responded

on Instagram, saying the concerns amounted to nothing more than “political fear mongering with no

Ford, who

has been president of the local since 2004, endorsed DeMeskey in a message that was posted

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