Senator Alexandra West (Liberty-D1) is a domineering figure in the Panem Senate, and now she’s decided to take it to the national stage. West launched her vice presidential campaign today in Fenward Park in District 1, stating that “it’s time to bring the concerns of the families and of those in the cities throughout Panem to the national government.”
Senator West was elected to the Senate during the elections that elected President Rick Canth (Conservative-D7) in an upset election in the typically Labor-dominated district of District 1. She became a major force in the Senate during her first term when she became the Senate’s chief member on the Joint Special Committee on Presidential Election Bribery, which investigated the bribery involved in the past presidential election. After the conclusion of the scandal, West ran for reelection to the Senate, defying the odds by winning a second term.
West launched an exploratory committee for vice president before her ascent to the top of the news chain, eagerly awaiting the fight that would surely follow. At the time, the incumbent Liberty VP, Dale Wilson of District 4, had not yet decided if he would run for reelection or run for president.
West currently only has one competitor: Governor Rebecca Tarson of District 12. Tarson is a surprise contender, receiving a large bump in polling following her announcement. However, it is expected that the field will grow much larger with the possible additions of Governor Trenton Escavel and Governor Bella Taylor.
Senator West also announced that she would seek reelection to the Senate concurrently with her run for vice president. Such a move is legal, yet risky in a swing seat. However, after winning by a very large margin in the past midterms, she likely has no reason to fear. Should she win both spots, West would relinquish her win in District 1 for the vice presidency and Governor Thomas Stemp (Labor-D1) would appoint an interim replacement until the special election that would follow closely.