President Richard “Rick” Canth (Conservative-D7) made his reelection campaign official today at a rally in District 7, saying that “Panem entrusted its welfare with the Conservative Party, and we aren’t done conveying our vision. That’s why I will be running for reelection to the presidency of the Republic of Panem.”
The embattled president is notably scandal-ridden, with multiple minor scandals causing minor fervor before the largest electoral fraud scandal in Panem history. After reports came forward from two representatives that are still anonymous, a joint special committee was formed in the Panem Congress to investigate the claims. The committee found that the claims were true, but it also found that it would be near to impossible to determine if these were the only two representatives approached. Regardless, the President apologized in an address to the nation and refused to step down. As a result of the scandal, Canth is polling very poorly among nationwide voters.
The President is not expected to face a primary challenger as many have denied interest. However, dissenters from the Conservative Party have rallied around Secretary Lynn Germaine as a potential challenger, though she has not indicated interest in running. Germaine currently serves in the Canth administration as the head of the Department of Intelligence and is a former mayor.