Rebecca Tarson was never supposed to be a threat. The previously unknown governor of District 12 was supposed to be an also-ran, but now the political elite and analysts alike are noticing that she is gaining momentum. Tarson was expected to only win her home district- if she even got that far. Now she has won both Districts 13 and 14, both delegate-heavy districts, earning 800 delegates and tying frontrunner Jonathan Madison, the Secretary of Defense and political heavyweight.
Governor Tarson honestly wasn’t ever supposed to beat any odds. She came from a family with nothing, something that she notes often in campaign speeches. She assisted in the Panem Revolution by aiding rebels on the battlefield and survived the firebombing of District 12. Becoming a refugee, Tarson continued to help the rebellion by becoming a weapons specialist. This job allowed her to expand into a larger industrial corporation, TarsonTech, which is now the largest weapons technology manufacturer in the nation of Panem.
Following the success of her company and her successful run for the district senate, Tarson became senate majority leader. During her time as majority leader, Tarson described the experience as “exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.” She stated that whipping votes was the hardest part and that politics were infuriating. However that didn’t stop her love for public service.
Tarson launched her run for lieutenant governor with little to no fanfare. At her campaign events a meager amount of supporters showed up at the beginning. The land commissioner for District 12 was the frontrunner by a large margin, and all seemed hopeless.
That is, until the commissioner made a crucial misstep in a debate with Tarson. The commissioner, Samson Lincoln, stated very plainly that Tarson was simply a “low-life woman who should return to homemaking and caring for her children, who must be missing her.” Tarson took this moment to pan him, stating the following:
“That was heinous. Mr. Lincoln, I’ll have you know that my children are in the audience to hear that. Todd there is seventeen. Emma next to him is fourteen. They have been with me every step of the way. Not a single time have they complained. In fact, they were the ones that begged me to run. They thought that I would be the lieutenant governor that District 12 truly deserved. And to make something very clear, women aren’t stuck at home. I’m not defined by my gender. I’m the CEO and president of TarsonTech. I’m a district senator. I’m the Senate majority leader. There are millions of women in District 12, and they aren’t just some low-life that you can kick around. So unless you are saying that all women that are supposed to shut up and stay out of the way of a husband’s work, which, by the way, you are saying that right now, and I know the voters can see this, I think you should actually shut your trap. Your wife will slap you after this, I assure you.”
The response shuttered the Lincoln campaign. The backlash from female legislators and Governor Gertrude Hampton herself forced the land commissioner to bow out of the race, leaving Tarson as the presumptive lieutenant governor.
It was as lieutenant governor that Tarson first met President Everdeen and future Senator Mellark. Everdeen and Mellark were close friends of Governor Hampton and quickly took to the new lieutenant governor. It wasn’t long before a longstanding bond was born.
After a productive term at the helm of the Senate as lieutenant governor, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Tarson received a call from Governor Gertrude Hampton, requesting a meeting. Tarson met with Hampton that Saturday, where Hampton informed her that she would not be running for reelection and that Tarson would be her preferred successor. A week after Governor Hampton’s announcement that she would forego reelection, Lieutenant Governor Tarson announced that she would seek the governorship of District 12- this time with much fanfare.
For the first time, Tarson was not an underdog. No one challenged Tarson in the gubernatorial primary as she had the blessing of Governor Hampton. While the opposition parties drafted candidates, they were mainly sacrificial since the Liberty Party is so strong in District 12. Rebecca Tarson was easily elected governor of District 12.
As governor, Tarson has overseen the largest business expansion in the history of the district. With that has come a large influx of population, leading to further political clout. It wasn’t a surprise that Tarson decided to assume the underdog mantle again and run for vice president, but it wasn’t expected that it would work. Then again, there’s no reason that anyone shouldn’t have believed it would. After all, there’s precedent for its success and now she’s also endorsed by President Everdeen, Senator Mellark, Governor Hawthorne (another Everdeen friend and appointee), and the upper echelon of District 12 officials.
The next set of primaries contains Districts 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11 and 12. Out of those. Tarson will undoubtedly win her home district of District 12, netting her its 350 delegates. She’s also likely to win Districts 10 and 11, neighboring districts with 100 and 200 delegates respectively. She’s proving competitive now in Districts 2, 5, and 8, even though Alexandra West stands in her way of a win in District 2 and Jonathan Madison in District 5.
The point is that Governor Rebecca Tarson is able to win this primary. If she wins this nomination, she likely will be the next Vice President of Panem. If she doesn’t, she assumes a cabinet position or runs for reelection. It’s a great time to be Governor Tarson.