Governor Rosalie Descoteaux (Liberty Party-D14) made her presidential candidacy official at a rally today in her home district. Despite “a steep slope to climb to the nomination,” the governor of the largest district in Panem and the only overseas district says that she can “reignite the flame of Panem, restoring this nation from four disastrous years of President Canth.”
Governor Descoteaux is very popular in her home district and in Panem, though she is correct- her road to the nomination is a very steep slope. She will face Secretary Celine Oswald, Vice President Dale Wilson, Senator Peeta Mellark, Governor Gale Hawthorne (who also announced his candidacy today), and likely Secretary Jonathan Madison and Governor Amy Oaksmith. Such a large primary with such big names does provide her with a chance of ascending to the nomination, but it also could prove her bane as it will be highly competitive.
Governor Descoteaux is the first civilian governor of District 14. Formerly mayor of the French city of Lille, Descoteaux was a rebel symbol against IANO rule in the nation of France during the Panem-IANO War. Though she was widely expected to run for president of France, Descoteaux opted to become a Panem citizen upon the creation of the fourteenth district. She then won the gubernatorial election by a very wide margin, propelling her to national prominence. During the Capitol earthquake crisis, Descoteaux was serving as chairwoman of the Panem Governors Association and as such served as interim president of Panem until Secretary Jonathan Madison was found and sworn in as interim president. Following that, she served as interim VP under Madison.
Descoteaux decided to run for vice president after then-Vice President Oswald vacated the position in order to run for the presidency. Though Descoteaux was a popular option, the race was rather tight and ultimately she lost the nomination to Governor Dale Wilson of District 4, who was later elected the fourth vice president of Panem.
Governor Gale Hawthorne is no stranger to the national campaign stage, having run for vice president and president previously. Today, he announced his third national campaign and his second presidential campaign for the nomination of the Liberty Party, saying that “not one person has the credentials that I do.”
Governor Hawthorne is a historic figure in Panem’s history. He is a personal friend of former President Katniss Everdeen and is well-known throughout Panem for his heroic efforts in the Panem Revolution, saving many from death in his home district of District 12. Following the revolution, Hawthorne and Everdeen had a falling out that lasted until just before Everdeen announced her first bid for president. Hawthorne remained in the military long after the revolution had finished, becoming the top general of Panem’s armed forces.
That election season that produced the new President Everdeen, however, was also the election season that elected Hawthorne to District 2’s governorship. General Hawthorne became Governor Hawthorne for the first time, and it couldn’t have been more fitting as the nation’s top general became the military district’s governor. The election was close, but his name along with his relationship with the new president ensured him a victory.
Hawthorne played a key role in the Panem-IANO War, specifically as a key national advisor to the president on foreign policy before his brief return to his post as general. During the Fourth World War, Hawthorne was serving as Secretary of Defense under President Everdeen.
Following the conclusion of the Everdeen administration, Hawthorne returned to private life with his wife Johanna, a former victor of the Hunger Games, in the Capitol. However, upon the creation of the new District 15 out of the destruction of the former Capitol, Hawthorne chose to attempt a political comeback in his new district. Hawthorne won a large victory in the Liberty Party primary and easily won the gubernatorial election, becoming the first person to serve as the governor of two separate districts.
Hawthorne’s national campaigns have not always run smoothly. He has previously run for vice president, where he lost in a contentious battle on the convention floor to Celine Oswald; later on, Hawthorne would run for president against Oswald, only to lose the nomination to her yet again. Now, Hawthorne is seeking to have yet another political battle against Oswald, but it’s uncertain if either will win the nomination this time around.