BREAKING: Jacquelyn Warner named D7 Senator; Karina Erickson named Solicitor General

BREAKING: Jacquelyn Warner officially tendered her resignation to President Peeta Mellark today before taking the oath of office as District 7’s new junior senator. Soon after, Senator Warner rushed over to the White House, where she stood by as former Attorney General Karina Erickson was nominated to be her successor as Solicitor General.

The double-whammy of nominations ended a long game of musical chairs in the Capitol, all of which started with Associate Justice Malcolm Lowell’s passing. Attorney General Alexandra West was selected to succeed him on the Supreme Court, which then triggered Senator Calvin Wilkie’s nomination as Attorney General. In turn, that allowed for Jacquelyn Warner’s appointment as senator, which resulted in Karina Erickson being nominated for Solicitor General.

Reportedly, Jacquelyn Warner was number one on Governor Mason Wallace (Liberty-D7)’s list out of a total of one candidate. Warner had previously been plotting a run for political office, according to insiders. It is unknown if that run would have been for governor or for senator, but it was likely that Warner would have made either primary competitive as her approval ratings are quite high in her home district.

Karina Erickson’s return to the Department of Justice is nothing short of intriguing as she returns to a lesser position that one she previously occupied. However, it’s rumored that Erickson accepted the position after much advice to do so from Secretary Celine Oswald, First Lady Katniss Everdeen, President Peeta Mellark, Vice President Rebecca Tarson, and even newly-minted Senator Warner herself.

Now, the President must work to usher in three nominees for three separate positions: Associate Justice, Attorney General, and Solicitor General. Jacquelyn Warner, however, does not require an approval process; she, however, faces her first election in the next midterm election.

January 1: Congress, districtwide offices inaugurated

Today, nine new Senators were inaugurated alongside four new chief executives and two new lieutenant governors. senate-inaugurationLikewise, many new representatives have been inaugurated as well. This is all due to the fifth midterm elections that were held back in November that swept these new officials into their positions.

Nine new Senators were inaugurated (in alphabetical order):

Wesley Benson (Liberty-Capitol), freshman class president
Jacob Ellsworth (Liberty-D3), freshman class vice president
Joseph Garrett (Centre-D15)
Clarke Randall (Centre-D9)
Lindsey Richards (Labor-D10)
Julie Roydon (Centre-Capitol)
Owen Talton (Liberty-D13)
Antonio Wallace (Liberty-D4)
Cedric Wallace (Labor-D8)

In the House, twenty-nine new representatives were inaugurated, nine of which were from seats that flipped parties.

In the districts, three new governors and a chief executive were inaugurated:

Celeste Armstrong (Liberty-Capitol)
Harold Cersisa (Liberty-D4)
Layla Folsom (Liberty-D8)
Serena Ross (Liberty-D5)

Also inaugurated were two lieutenant governors:

Todd Layton (Liberty-D5)
Ethan McCoy (Liberty-D8)

BREAKING: D4 Liberty Party opts for massive shakeup of midterm candidates

BREAKING: Internal sources from the District 4 Liberty Party are confirming that the slate of candidates that the party is putting forward for the upcoming midterm elections is set to be reshuffled.

The previous slate was the following:

Governor/Lieutenant Governor: Tony Wallace/Aaron Evanston

Senate Seat 1: Cassidy Albert

Senate Seat 2: Charlton Harrison

The Panem Free Press can confirm that the following slate is set to be nominated following withdrawals of candidacy:

Governor/Lieutenant Governor: Harold Cersisa/Aaron Evanston

Senate Seat 1: Tony Wallace

Senate Seat 2: Charlton Harrison

With the entry of Tony Wallace into the race for District 4’s first Senate seat, we can officially move our prediction to Liberty gain as Governor Wallace’s popularity will likely sweep over the unpopular Katrina Rowland and unknown Centre nominee Meredith Boeing.

In the case of presidential chief of staff and former Vice President Harold Cersisa’s entry into the governor’s race, our prediction will change from Lean Liberty to Liberty Hold. The decision by Cersisa to enter the race will send shockwaves nationwide, however, as the decision will affect the Mellark administration.

A Look at the Midterms

If you ask someone when the next election is, a majority of people will tell you that there’s an election every four years. While that’s true, there’s also the midterms- a typically decisive referendum on the policy of the ruling party. This year, the midterms are shaping up to be the second straight election that suits the Liberty Party, all thanks to the success of the Mellark administration.

However, that doesn’t mean that the Red-Green Coalition, Centre, and Conservative Parties have given up entirely in the face of what could be a landslide defeat. Instead, they intend to provide the largest force of opposition in Panem history- fielding prime candidates for races and pouring money into districts that are supposed to be safe for Liberty officeholders.

The following offices are up for election in the midterms.

  • Districtwide offices: Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 14
  • All Senate seats
  • All House seats

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:


District One only has Congressional elections this midterm.

In the Senate, Felicity Bass and Manfred Weston are up for reelection. Both are heavily entrenched, and neither are facing any significant opposition. Our prediction: Liberty hold (Senate seats 1 and 2)


The Labor Party and the Centre Party are seeking to capitalize on discomfort with Liberty rule in the typically Liberty-friendly District 2, particularly with the unpopularity of the Taylor administration and the uncertainty of the new Warren administration. In any scenario, it will be an uphill slope for the opposition in a district who has elected a Liberty government since Gale Hawthorne first governed the district. Our prediction: Liberty hold (Governor, LG, Legislature)

In the case of Senators Vance James and Cason Hampton (both Liberty Party members), both are expected to weather the political storm that is brewing in District 2 without any issue. Our prediction: Liberty hold (Senate seats 1 and 2)


District 3 is a top target for Liberty this cycle as they attempt to turn the greenest district in Panem into a Liberty-friendly district.

In the districtwide elections, it’s expected to be a high-profile set of races. However, this doesn’t mean that they will be competitive- Civic holds District 3 heavily, and it’s unlikely that any Civic incumbents will be unseated. In the governor and lieutenant governor’s race, the incumbent ticket of Bertram Spellings and Sara Turner (Civic) will face off against the Liberty ticket of District Senator Kara Jepson and District Representative Hal Rimmer.  Both tickets are unopposed in their primaries. In the legislature, Liberty is attempting to make grand strides by running high-profile candidates, but the legislature is undoubtedly remaining in Civic’s hands. Our prediction: Civic hold (Governor, LG, Legislature)

In the Senate elections, it’s a fight to the death. Sadie Myers, the senior senator and Civic leader in the Senate, will face off against Senate minority leader Jacob Ellsworth (Liberty) and district representative Rocky Washington (Centre) in a high-stakes election. The Civic National Committee is pouring millions into this race to save one of their remaining seats. The biggest question lies with how much Washington draws from Myers and Ellsworth- depending on which way the voters swing, Washington could easily spoil this race for the Civic Party. In the case of first-term Senator Patrick Newsom, the Liberty Party is also making a major play for this seat with the entry of three-term Representative Christopher Delford who is considered a game-changer in a district that was never considered an option previously for Liberty. Newsom will also face off against Cheryl Appleby, the Centre Party businesswoman. In both races, Labor has elected not to field a nominee and back the nominee of the Civic Party in respect to the coalition agreement previously made. Our predictions: Lean Civic (Seat 1 – Myers), Lean Civic (Seat 2 – Newsom)


In District 4, both Congressional and districtwide elections are to be held.

District 4 as of late has a very partisan lean towards the Liberty Party, though it was only a short time ago that the Labor Party had a strong presence in the coastal district. The party still has a presence, though much diminished. The Labor Party, as such, is attempting to capitalize on nostalgia in order to bring their influence back in District 4. As such, they have nominated district Secretary of State Floyd Phillips and district senator Rickey Humphrey in a strong attempt to unseat the incumbent ticket of Governor Antonio “Tony” Wallace and Lieutenant Governor Aaron Evanston. Centre is expected to nominate a ticket as well, but that ticket is undetermined at this time due to a fierce primary fight. Our predictions: Lean Liberty (Governor, LG), Liberty hold (Legislature), Tossup (Secretary of State)

In the senatorial races, the senior senator, Katrina Rowland of the Labor Party, is a very vulnerable target this election in a highly antagonistic district. Though in years past she has held on due to incumbent-friendly environments, she is being heavily targeted by the Liberty Party (who will nominate Cassidy Albert, a representative from District 4) and the Centre Party (who will nominate Meredith Boeing, another representative) for the seat, with opposition pouring millions into removing her from the seat. Right now, it seems likely that Rowland will lose her seat, but due to the Labor Party’s major push in District 4, it’s quite possible that due to the three-way race Rowland makes it out alive. In the case of Senator Charlton Harrison, it is expected that the junior senator will be reelected against Labor nominee Tara Carlson and Centre nominee Walter Gamble. Our predictions: Tossup between Centre and Liberty (Seat 1 – Rowland), Liberty hold (Seat 2 – Harrison)


District 5 has been a serious point of contention this election, and we aren’t even halfway through the cycle. Both districtwide and Congressional elections will be held.

In the districtwide elections, incumbent Liberty governor Harold Dupont incited rage from his own party with his selection of Centre politician Sextimus Dalton as his lieutenant governor. Dupont is being primaried from within his own party as a result, facing off against alternative Liberty tickets like District Senator Serena Ross/District Representative Todd Layton and district agriculture secretary Kate Jarrett/businessman Walter Quick. Dupont as a result is incredibly vulnerable in his primary. Should Dupont survive, he will face off against Civic nominee Taylor Langston and Centre nominee Kathryn Neville and would face a very tough general election favoring Neville, according to recent polls. However, should either Ross or Jarrett succeed in taking the nomination, the race would be easily in their favor. District 5 has a long tradition of electing their governors and lieutenant governors separately, leading to split tickets at times. As such, Dalton faces a different race than Dupont- Dalton at least has a level of popularity, especially with the Centre Party members in District 5. Since Dupont is refusing to name a candidate to run with, it will be a rough election cycle for Dalton who will inevitably face off against Layton or Quick on the Liberty side, and Labor nominee Connor Branson. Our predictions: PRIMARY: Lean Ross; GENERAL: With Dupont – Lean Centre, With Ross/Jarrett – Liberty hold (Governor), Tossup (LG), Tossup (Legislature)

In the races in the Senate, neither are expected to be competitive. Sens. Sophia Delacruz and Amanda Quirius (both Liberty) are facing token opposition. Our prediction: Both Liberty hold (Seats 1 and 2)


District 6’s only real elections lie with the Senate, as the districtwide elections occur during presidential years. In the case of Seat 1, held by senior Senator Raylin Kramer (Civic), it is expected to be a hard fought race as the Centre Party and Liberty Party are making hard pushes with candidates like Richie Batts and Rosa Lockwood, respectively. In Seat 2 is junior Senator Quentin Kennedy, who is considered enormously popular among District 6 residents and faces token opposition. Our predictions: Likely Civic (Seat 1 – Kramer), Civic hold (Seat 2 – Kennedy)


District 7 only has Congressional elections this year. In the case of Senators Calvin Wilkie and Walter Briscoe, neither are expected to face any real opposition this round. Labor/Civic and Centre are appearing to save their candidates for a push on the governor’s mansion in the next presidential cycle. Our predictions: Liberty holds (Seats 1 and 2)


In District 8, voters will elect districtwide officials and Congressional members.

In the case of the districtwide races, District 8 was spared the opportunity to see yet another rematch of the Felicia Ren vs. Elizabeth Steinbeck race. Steinbeck declined to run again following her appointment as Ambassador to the Council of Nations. Steinbeck famously unseated Ren against the odds seven years ago, only to be defeated by Ren herself four years later. The two then faced off against each other twice more as Ren and Steinbeck both unsuccessfully ran for president. Ren will seek reelection with district senator Serena Cartwright as her running mate to succeed outgoing lieutenant governor Cedric Wallace, who will run for the Senate. Liberty is set to nominate junior Senator Layla Folsom and representative Ethan McCoy in a powerful move to unseat the rivalry and attempt to consolidate Liberty’s power in District 8’s government, while Centre is nominating veteran Brady Bell and businesswoman Starla Attaway. In the legislature, Liberty is attempting to push Labor out as they have been for many years, but Centre is seeking to slip in to gain a plurality. Our predictions: Lean Liberty (Governor and LG), Tossup (Legislature)

The Senators of District 8 have always been noteworthy. For the past two election cycles, the Folsom sisters (Kendal and Layla) have dominated their respective elections. This remains the case of Seat 1, inhabited by Kendal Folsom. However, with Senator Layla Folsom declining to seek reelection to her Senate seat in favor of running for governor, the race for her seat has become a hot mess, with a large Liberty primary threatening the party’s chances of holding the seat in the face of Labor nominee Cedric Wallace and Centre nominee Flossie Maddox. Our predictions: Liberty hold (Seat 1 – Folsom), Tossup (Seat 2 – Open)


Senatorial elections are the only highlights of the election season in District 9, with both seats deemed high targets for the Liberty Party and Centre Party.

In the race for Seat 1, currently held by Senator Iris Canstrom, is seen as a very hard target to topple; even with Canstrom being in a district not recently favoring Labor candidates, she’s very heavily entrenched and very heavily funded. She will likely face Martha Irvine, the speaker of the District 9 House, as the Liberty nominee and businesswoman Quinn Raines, the Centre nominee.

In the race for Seat 2, currently held by Senator Patricia Mann, is not so farfetched of a loss. Mann has made a series of controversial missteps in her first term as senator and is not very popular. As such, the race is seen more as one between Liberty nominee Floris Weaver and Centre nominee Clarke Randall.

In both cases, however, the Conservative Party stands to ruin both races. Though the party is not powerful any longer, the nominee of the party in any race typically garners around three percent, leaving many to wonder how this may spoil the election for Liberty or Centre. Our predictions: Likely Labor (Seat 1 – Canstrom), Tossup/Tilt Centre (Seat 2 – Mann)


Panem’s tenth district will only have Congressional elections this year.

Currently, Seat 1 is gaining the most attention. Held by Jace Walters of the Labor Party, Labor is looking to keep this seat and is spending a ton on this race. However, Liberty has fielded District 10 Attorney General Howard Strickland and Centre has fielded representative Camryn Shelby, both high-profile candidates, in an attempt to knock off Walters.

In the case of Seat 2, Liberty holds the seat with Ginger Freedman, who isn’t considered much at risk, but at the same time isn’t the most popular. Labor has fielded Lindsey Richards, the Senate minority leader, to run against Freedman, while Centre has opted to avoid this race, nominating a token candidate. Our predictions: Tossup (Seat 1 – Walters), Lean Liberty (Seat 2 – Freedman)


District 11 only faces Congressional elections this year.

In the Senate races, Seat 1 is currently held by Liberty senator Michael Debroff and Seat 2 is held by Liberty senator Edith Delsont. Neither are considered competitive. Our predictions: Liberty hold (Seats 1 and 2)


District 12 will elected districtwide offices this year as well as its Congressional members.

In the districtwide races, the Liberty Party has a definite hold on the district political structure. As such, the district’s makeup is Liberty from top to bottom. Governor Lynnette Cortez will be seeking reelection with appointed Lieutenant Governor Harriet Myers. The pair will not face a Red-Green Coalition challenger, but will face former Centre district representative Kiara Henderson and businessman Stan Warner. Our predictions: Liberty hold (Governor, LG, Legislature)

In the Senate races of District 12, neither are expected to be remotely competitive. Seat 1 is held by Senator Hanley Trent, a Liberty member, who also chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and is considered a potential nominee to become attorney general or a Supreme Court justice should a vacancy occur. In Seat 2 is first-term Senator Lenora Quaker, who is growing in familiarity and popularity. Our predictions: Liberty hold (Seats 1 and 2)


District 13 will elect both districtwide and Congressional offices this year.

In the districtwide races, it is expected that Liberty will hold all available seats. Governor Owen Talton will not seek reelection but rather run for the open Senate seat left by Ronald Brown, the new director of the Office of Management and Budget. Lieutenant Governor Allan Perry will seek the office of governor in order to run for reelection with district secretary of state Callista Abbott as his lieutenant gubernatorial running mate. Johanna Radclyffe will run to succeed Abbott as secretary of state. There is token opposition from the Civic and Centre Parties. Our predictions: Liberty hold (Governor, LG, Legislature)

In the races for the Senate, Seat 1 is held by Wendy Oppenheim and is likely to remain in her hands. Seat 2 is currently held by Woodrow Thorpe, who was nominated by Governor Talton to serve in outgoing Senator Ronald Brown’s place following the latter’s nomination to the OMB. Governor Talton will likely be the Liberty nominee for the seat, facing a primary against a couple district representatives and no-namers. Our predictions: Liberty hold (Seats 1 and 2)


District 14 is a Liberty-dominated district that will elect districtwide and Congressional offices this election. Labor and Centre are seeking to make a broad impact here as they attempt to turn this Liberty stronghold into a tossup district.

In the districtwide elections, newly-inaugurated Governor Royce Melbourne will run for his first full term as governor with newly-appointed Lieutenant Governor Alain Durand. Melbourne became governor following the confirmation of previous Governor Rosalie Descoteaux to President Mellark’s cabinet as Secretary of the Treasury. The Liberty ticket will face the Labor ticket of House minority leader Gérard Fortier and district senator Fleurette Gardinier and the Centre ticket of businessman Léonide Michaud and district representative Lucette André. While the race will be high-profile, it’s expected to fall in Liberty’s favor once again. Our predictions: Likely Liberty (Governor and LG), Liberty hold (Legislature)

In the Senate elections, both seats are currently held by Liberty senators. In the case of Seat 1, that is Antonin Thibault. Thibault chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is considered a lock for reelection. With Seat 2 comes Valère Descoteaux, the brother of Secretary Descoteaux. The Descoteaux family’s popularity in District 14 is not in question, and neither is the senator’s seat. Our predictions: Liberty hold (Seats 1 and 2)


District 15 will only elect Congressional candidates.

In District 15, the former Capitol, Liberty holds both Senate seats. In Seat 1 is Jarod Yancy, who will face Centre nominee Joseph Garnett. Though the race will be slightly competitive, Yancy is the heavy favorite. In Seat 2 is Darien Sanford, who will face Centre nominee Francis Roscoe. Sanford is expected to easily crush Roscoe. Our predictions: Likely Liberty (Seat 1 – Yancy), Liberty hold (Seat 2 – Sanford)


The Capitol will also hold elections this season for both the Executive Council and its Congressional seats.

In the race for the Executive Council, it is expected that Liberty and Centre will enter a fierce race for control. The Liberty slate of candidates is headed by current councilmember Dave Fletcher, who is seeking to replace current President pro tempore Celeste Armstrong. Centre’s candidate slate is led by Nora Paulson, another councilmember. Celeste Armstrong will run to succeed outgoing Chief Executive Benson Wesley and will face Centre nominee Jake Langley, an outgoing councilmember, in the general election. Our predictions: Tossup (Executive Council and Chief Executive)

In the race for Senate seats, both incumbents will be hotly challenged. For Senate Seat 1, incumbent Labor senator Zena Gates is at the top of Liberty and Centre’s lists to gain a seat this November. Liberty will nominate Chief Executive Benson Wesley while Centre will nominate Katherine Chapman. Wesley is considered the slight favorite at the moment. For Seat 2, incumbent Liberty senator Nikolas Travers will face Centre nominee Julie Roydon and Civic nominee James Tailor. Travers, as we see it, will likely skim by as usual. Our predictions: Lean Liberty (Seat 1 – Gates), Lean Liberty (Seat 2 – Travers)


President Mellark delivers State of the Nation address

President Peeta Mellark (Liberty-D12) delivered today his first annual State of the Nation address, giving the executive, legislative, andState of the Nation Address judicial branches of the government along with the millions of citizens watching a progress report on the actions of the Mellark administration’s first year.

The speech, the first of its kind, is planned to become an annual tradition set forth by the Mellark White House with the express intention of preserving the tradition with future administrations.

In the speech, the President discussed the progress made over the previous year, particularly that of tax reform and military progress against the Oceanian Empire group. However, the majority of his speech was dedicated to what was yet to come. With Vice President Rebecca Tarson (Liberty-D12), Speaker Constantin Richelieu (Liberty-D14), and Chief Justice Francine Ashland Brewster sitting behind him, President Mellark laid out an ambitious plan comprised of the continuance of military intervention, the creation of a new department in the presidential cabinet, the reform of Panem’s education system, the introduction of the line-item veto, and the strict regulation of morphling.

“Over the past year we have made many advances and have had many successes. We have successfully put the OE on the defensive and we are well on our way to its demise. No longer will Panem’s citizens live in fear of losing their lives or the lives of the ones that they love…We have also made strides in the area of our economy. Our stocks are rising; our GDP is making a swift recovery. I am proud to announce that we are on track to exit this recession within the next two fiscal quarters. This is thanks to our industrial expansion, as well as the progress that our Congress has made in regards to tax reforms for our citizens and for our businesses. It’s also thanks to the hard-working Panem citizens who have worked with our government in order to keep Panem businesses in Panem.

However, while the accomplishments of the previous year are grand, our work is far from complete. There is still much to be done here and abroad. We must remain vigilant in our fight against terror. We must remind those that choose to incite us that we will not stand idly by in the face of tyranny. We will not stand by as our citizens and the citizens of our allies abroad face death each and every day due to the evils that lie in the Oceanian Empire and other groups. We must ensure that no one in Panem fears for their life simply because they are a citizen of Panem…We also must make sure that while our military valiantly fights for our freedom and safety abroad, they can come home to a country that appreciates them and treats them appropriately as the heroes that they are. As such, it is my honor today to ask that our Congress draft legislation for the creation of a Department of Veterans Affairs. Our veterans deserve to be treated with the utmost respect, and the best way that our government can do that is through the insurance of their healthcare and other objectives…We must also begin the reform of our education system. Let me be clear: the debts incurred by our students are too high. Therefore, I continue my call for a cap on collegiate pricing at a reasonable level that should be discussed by our Congress. I also commend our new Secretary of Education, Robert Kelso, for his incredible work in the creation of new standards for our districts which will ensure the quality of education throughout Panem…I also call for legislation for a line-item veto and for the banning of ‘pork’ legislation. We have been plagued by unnecessary amendments for too long. We must cease this practice, and allowing for such a veto and ban would eliminate this threat…and finally, we must end the crisis of morphling addiction once and for all. Families have become stricken with grief at the loss of those afflicted by this terrible addiction. I myself have seen it during my time as a tribute. Therefore, through the regulatory procedures of the Department of Health and Human Services, along with ideally the help of our Congress, we will push for a bipartisan effort in order to strictly regulate the movement and control of morphling. While this substance is appropriate in certain medical cases, even there it has become outdated; we must phase out this addictive substance from the medical industry and do everything we can to prevent the substance from entering illegal markets.”

The address was well received by viewers at home, who turned out in the millions to watch it on television. However, the speech did not receive the same reception among some members of Congress. While the majority of Liberty Party members were ecstatic at the ideas of the President, Red-Green Coalition members, Conservatives, and Centrists were disgruntled with the ideas presented.

“We are seeing a massive mistake in the President’s handling of medical issues,” noted Civic senator Patrick Newsom of District 3. “You cannot simply regulate morphling as he promised to receive the results that he is aiming for. It’s not possible. We’ve tried it here in District 3, and it simply doesn’t work.”

“There’s no reason for another new department,” stated Conservative representative Kari Lyles. “While we all agree that our veterans deserve the best, that’s easily accomplishable through legislation. However, adding further power to the executive branch is exactly what we are wanting to avoid, and I think that the citizens of Panem see right through this power grab.”

Jace Walters, a Labor senator from District 10, took offense at the plan for education. “I’m the son of two educators; my wife is an educator. The President is not doing enough with these ‘regulations.’ What the President is doing is simply a formality to appease the left for reelection. If he were serious about reform, he’d implement standardized testing and provide free education for our nation’s youth.”

The Dominance of District 12

During the Dark Days, District 12 was reduced to an afterthought in the minds of the political elite in the Capitol. Now, the mining district has become a politically active hotspot, yielding high-profile figures on a regular basis.

The most obvious examples lie with the President and the First Lady. President Peeta Mellark and First Lady Katniss Everdeen (who also served two terms as president of Panem) are both natives of the mining district. Both made history and shockwaves as the first dual tumblr_mwubg4IdB21qi5k0so1_500victors of the Hunger Games and also as the final victors of the Hunger Games. Both of them brought District 12 to the limelight as they brought victory to their district, which fell into ruin as it became one of the first districts to join the Rebellion against the Capitol.

District 12 then had to rebuild. Of course, Mellark and Everdeen were there to help with the reconstruction. During this time, the future of District 12 looked dim. The firebombing by the Capitol during the war killed thousands and decimated the district. During this time, Mellark and Everdeen retreated into a semi-public persona. Meanwhile, Walter Singleton was elected governor of District 12 with Gertrude Hampton as his lieutenant governor.

Singleton, prior to his election, was on the Transition Council for District 12. Not much was known of him to the voters prior to his run, but he managed to convey a hopeful message that resonated with voters in the wartorn district.  He served with distinction for six years as governor, completing a single four-year term before his reelection to a second term that he served two years of. Secretary Walter SingletonGovernor
Singleton was noted for his infrastructure policy which has henceforth been credited as one of the largest reasons for the recovery of the district. Singleton resigned from the governorship halfway through his second term in order to become the Secretary of Energy for the Everdeen administration. As the inaugural holder, Singleton worked with his successor, Governor Gertrude Hampton, Governor Owen Talton of District 13, and other governors to ensure the success and cleanliness of Panem’s energy programs. Singleton has since served in the Canth, Wilson, and Mellark cabinets in the same position.

Governor Gertrude Hampton, who succeeded Singleton, only served the latter two years of Singleton’s term. Gertrude HamptonHowever, Hampton’s no-holds-barred attitude from serving as the head of the District Senate served her even better as governor, setting the tone for
future governors of the district.
Her term, informally known as a “speed run,” was marked by a record amount of legislation dedicated to the financial situation in the district. As such, she is credited with ensuring the financial solvency of the district following many years of debt.

Vice President Rebecca Tarson, of course, would be the next to be mentioned. Tarson is a native of District 12, coming from a low-income family. A war veteran who served as a weapons specialist and survivor of the firebombing of District 12, Tarson used her experiences to create TarsonTech, a corporation that would go on to Gov. Rebecca Tarson, a Liberty VP contender, announces the endorsements of multiple Liberty Party members following her win in District 13.become the nation’s largest weapons manufacturer. She ran for district senate with serving only a single term, but that single term transformed into many terms that put her in leadership roles, most prominently that of Senate majority leader. Her run for lieutenant governor, a vacant position following the ascension of Gertrude Hampton to the governor’s office, was met to little to no fanfare initially, but Tarson managed to turn the tables on the initial frontrunner, Land Commissioner Samson Lincoln, in a high-profile debate where she decimated him for calling her a “low-life woman who should return to homemaking and caring for her children, who must be missing her.” Tarson’s term as lieutenant governor was short as she made her first successful run for the governor’s office only two years later. Tarson would serve two full terms in the governor’s mansion, overseeing the largest business expansion in district history and improving upon the success of Governors Singleton and Hampton. However, even with the success of the district under Tarson’s tenure, her run for vice president and her subsequent success in the race for the Liberty nomination and general election were never considered a possibility. Tarson started out as a textbook definition of an underdog and secured the nomination against the odds, beating back Secretary Jonathan Madison, Senator Alexandra West, and others. While she started out as the favorite for vice president in the general election, her success was not due to the position she held as the nominee but rather because of her aggressive yet charming campaign style. She was elected in the largest landslide in Panem history alongside her running mate, Peeta Mellark.

Other figures are emerging on the political landscape of District 12 as well. Lynnette Cortez succeeded Tarson as governor after serving under her as lieutenant governor for two terms, continuing the legacy of the governors before her. District 12’s senators also are frequently in the spotlight; Hanley Trent, the senior senator, is frequently mentioned as a potential nominee to the Supreme Court during the future, while Lenora Quaker, the junior senator, previously served on House leadership as the National Liberty Congressional Committee chair and now is the deputy whip in the Senate.

An honorable mention: Governor Gale Hawthorne of District 15 and previously of District 2. Hawthorne initially hailed from the mining district and has long been a close friend to Katniss Everdeen. Then-Governor Gale Hawthorne addresses a crowd at a vice presidential campaign event. Governor Hawthorne was one of three main contenders for the Liberty VP nod last election cycle and barely didn't make the runoff for president this time. Following the Revolution, Hawthorne moved to District 2, entering the military and becoming one of Panem’s most esteemed generals. Following his military tenure, Hawthorne returned to District 2 and ran for governor, serving two terms. He ran for the vice presidency when President Everdeen ran for reelection, losing to eventual winner Celine Oswald. Hawthorne also served as Secretary of Defense under the Everdeen administration and then ran for president in the next two elections, losing to Celine Oswald again and Peeta Mellark.

BREAKING: Pres. Mellark to appoint Gov. Cynthia Thompson to vacant SC spot

BREAKING: Governor Cynthia Thompson (Liberty-D5) will be President Peeta Mellark’s nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Francine Ashland Brewster, who was elevated to the position of Chief Justice only a month ago.

Thompson, the incumbent governor of District 5, has seen a rapid ascension in Panem’s politics, both elected and appointed. Thompson is married to one of Panem’s most recognizable faces, former Governor, Vice President, and current Secretary Tyler Thompson. As such, she has previously served in the role of First Lady of District 5 and Second Lady of Panem. She’s also been independently successful. Her tenure as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which she served as for six years prior to her husband’s initial run for governor, was marked as one of the most eventful in Panem’s early history. Thompson oversaw cases such as Steinhagen v. Paylor, which determined that the powers of executive orders by the President were much too broad and overreaching and thus limited the executive branch’s powers.

Following her husband’s nomination and confirmation as vice president, Thompson began looking at the possibility of a political career of her own. This look into politics became an ascension virtually unseen in Panem’s political scene. Thompson decided there was no better time to run than when then-Governor Sophia Delacruz decided to forgo reelection in the midterms in order to run in a special election for the Senate, leaving a potential open seat. She announced her campaign promptly after Delacruz’s announcement, setting off a campaign for her husband’s former office.

A kink was thrown in the plan, but not an unforeseen one. Delacruz, to no surprise, was elected senator and resigned her position, elevating Douglas Boyd to the governorship. This put Thompson in a precarious position, as she now possibly faced an incumbent governor for the Liberty nod. However, what Thompson did not expect was an offer from Governor Boyd to serve as his lieutenant governor. This offer reportedly took Thompson aback, as she was set to face off against him, but she nonetheless took up the offer. According to sources close to Boyd, this offer was supposed to remove Thompson from the race and allow for Boyd to win the nomination for governor. However, that is not what happened.

Thompson decided that her campaign would continue. Boyd also decided that he wanted to remain governor and threw his hat in the ring. This set up a political battle and media frenzy as a governor faced off against his lieutenant governor for the nomination of their party. The fight was fierce, with both candidates ripping into each other, with Thompson calling Boyd “inexperienced and disqualified” and Boyd calling Thompson “a political opportunist more worried about her future presidential run than the district.” Civic and Labor both attempted to field strong candidates in an attempt to capitalize on the Liberty war in the primaries. The primary election yielded a stunning result for Governor Boyd’s campaign: he fielded 48 percent against Thompson’s 38 percent, with the other 14 percent going mostly towards a protest candidate. This launched the primary season into a runoff, as District 5 governs on majority elections, not plurality elections. Thompson viewed this as her shot to make a major comeback as she believed that Boyd’s turnout would drop due to the idea that Boyd was looking at an inevitable win. Thompson proved correct, as Boyd’s lax campaigning and his lethargic supporters caused him to have a double digit loss in the runoff, with Thompson garnering 64 percent of the vote to Boyd’s 36 percent. Despite the bruising primary and the left’s attempt to field viable candidates, Thompson easily swept the floor in the general election, winning 59 percent of the vote on election day.

As governor, Thompson has maintained high approval ratings, and for good reason. Under Governor Thompson, District 5 has rated as one of the best districts in education and has maintained the district’s success in transportation. She’s also known for her accountability- once, she heard an aide was openly using his position for favors, and he was met at his home with a stern notice of dismissal- and for her honesty. She has sought reelection once, winning the governorship again against minimal competition with 79 percent of the vote.

The nomination of Thompson to the Supreme Court is expected to be met with more contention than that of Francine Ashland Brewster’s nomination as Chief Justice only a month ago. While Brewster was viewed as one of the greatest judicial minds in Panem’s history, Labor and Civic have already expressed their discontent with President Mellark’s choice, stating that “more and more we see that one party rules all three branches of the government, and that is what prevents the citizens of Panem from experiencing true change. We will do what we can to block the confirmation of Cynthia Thompson, who we view as yet another Liberty Party partisan.”