Vice President Dale Wilson (Liberty-D4) has officially kicked off his presidential run today, formally declaring his candidacy at the new Hartt Corporation headquarters in the capital of District 4. The Vice President was widely expected to run for higher office after a contentious election for the presidency last election, forcing Wilson to serve as the elected party leader as only the second-highest position in Panem.
Wilson said the following in his announcement:
“It’s time for a new direction in Panem. We were promised change by President Everdeen, and we received change- change that created a Panem to be proud of, one that was strong and reliable to its citizens and its allies. Even here, at Hartt Corporation, where we were devastated by the loss of nearly 30,000 innocent Panem citizens, we as a nation were able to recover and come back stronger than ever. However, we were also promised change by President Canth, and oh yes, we have received change. We are currently in the first recession since the years of the Paylor administration. We face threats from nations abroad. We have rampant corruption in our federal government, even as high as the presidency, where his campaign paid for his office. Panem needs to take the initiative to move in a different direction- one marked by accountability of our public officials, one where every Panem citizen is rightfully represented and can live in an atmosphere of peace and financial stability. That is why I am declaring that I am running for the presidency, so I can assist in the restoration of Panem.” — Vice President Dale Wilson, candidate for president
Wilson begins with a sort of front-runner status as his name recognition is high as well as his high approval ratings. Currently, he is facing Senator Peeta Mellark, the husband of former President Katniss Everdeen.
Senator Mellark issued the following statement:
“Vice President Wilson is an honorable and upright man and would make for a fine president. I welcome him to the race as he will improve the field and better Panem as a result.” — Senator Peeta Mellark, candidate for president