Secretary Jonathan Madison (Liberty Party-D4) has officially announced that he will be throwing his hat into the vice presidential ring, joining candidates Rebecca Tarson, Alexandra West, Bella Taylor, and Trenton Escavel in the primary.
Madison is currently the head of the Department of Defense, a post he has held in two non-consecutive terms across two administrations. He was first appointed by President Katniss Everdeen (Liberty-D12) to head the nation’s Defense department, where he served over the Panem-IANO War.
Following his first term as Defense secretary and the ascension of Secretary of State Celine Oswald to the post of vice president, Madison was nominated as Oswald’s replacement at the State Department. He was approved by the Panem Senate unanimously. As Secretary of State, Madison dealt with multiple crises, particularly the Hartt Industries attack, the Fourth World War, the first use of thermonuclear weapons since the Third World War on the Oceanian capital of Jakarta. However, through all of these incidents, Panem remained stable. That changed during the Capitol earthquake.
Secretary Madison was among those that were trapped in the Capitol during the earthquake. Madison, in particular, was in a Foreign Affairs committee meeting for the Panem Senate whenever the quake occurred, killing hundreds including the Senate president pro tempore, Wendla Johnson. Madison was also the first Cabinet member to be found and took office as interim President of Panem after his recovery. He took over from then-interim President Rosalie Descoteaux, who is currently running for the presidency.
Following the conclusion of the Everdeen administration and the beginning of the tumultuous Canth administration, Madison was once again chosen to head the Department of Defense. However, his record in his second term is overall very slim as no foreign conflicts or incidents have arisen.
Governor Bella Taylor’s meteoric rise continues as she announces today that she will indeed end her exploratory committee and begin her run for the vice presidential nomination of the Liberty Party. Taylor is the current governor of District 2, the military-based district, and is the first governor in the nation of Panem to have a genetic disorder- Down syndrome. Taylor was previously a district senator before becoming the lieutenant governor of the district and ascended to the top spot after then-Governor Trevor Patton left his position to become the Council of Nations’ assistant Secretary-General under Katniss Everdeen. She won reelection later that next year in a landslide victory.
Governor Trenton Escavel (Liberty Party-D9) is a household name in his home district. However, the longtime governor of District 9 has announced that he will run for the Liberty VP nod after a month of exploring the possibility of a run.
Escavel is the longtime governor of District 9. The most popular governor in the district’s history, Escavel has pushed to evolve the district into a Liberty stronghold shaped by the party’s policies. His track record under his governorship is mostly clean, with a balanced budget and lower taxes. However, the governor is a controversial figure in education, where he removed tenure from certain public university systems.
Escavel’s bid for the number-two position in Panem politics is quixotic at best. Escavel’s polling numbers are middling to begin with due to his low name recognition. However, following primary debates, he may be able to rise in the polls after all.