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In December, 2078 the Seattle Metroplex was
[[File:Brackhaven1.jpg|right|1x1px]] gearing up for its first ever '''Special Election''' held outside of the normal election cycle. The reason for this is because the previous Governor, [[Kenneth Brackhaven]], responded to a new grand jury empanelment by liquidating his assets, packing up and leaving town just before the regularly scheduled November elections. Of course this threw the entire sprawl establishment into chaos. The gubernatorial election was postponed a few months to (Presumably) give the Republican Party time to nominate a new candidate and give the other candidates, and the megacorps, an opportunity to respond to the new political situation.
==How We Got Here==
So what led to Governor Brackhaven walking away from his life in Seattle and fleeing to a private island in the Caribbean League? The word is that District Attorney [[Dana Oaks]] finally got her hands on the hard evidence she needed for a grand jury indictment to stick. [[Emile Corrigan]], the governor’s Chief of Staff, had been collecting documents for years that prove Brackhaven's involvement in hundreds of crimes. He Turned State’s Evidence earlier this year and handed his "insurance policy" over to DA Oaks as part of a plea deal. The charges against Brackhaven primarily include his involvement in the [[Operation Daybreak]] Scandal as well as the [[Parker-Quinn Embezzlement Scandal]], the [[Edmund Jeffries Disappearance]], the [[Sunset Vacations]] ad-buy scam and the cover-up of the [[Copycat Mayan Cutter Murders]] with
a dozen other less well-publicized scandals. The history of these various scandals all start way back in 2072 and have their roots tightly interwoven with [[Project Freedom]] and [[Proposition 23]]. So if you really want to understand how the entire affair developed, you’ll have to look over the [[Operation Daybreak / Project Freedom Timeline]].
==Where Do We Go From Here==
'''The Election''' - After Brackhaven’s abrupt departure, Seattle descended into a half-year of turmoil. The Commissioner of Public Works, [[Natoko Munakata]] was sworn in as interim governor, but she made it clear that she was not interested in a regular term as governor and did not put her name forward as a candidate.
The megacorps and other powers-that-be were caught off-guard by Brackhaven’s exit. They were expecting him to maintain the status quo for at least another four years and no one was prepared for his abrupt departure. In fact none or the megacorps (except perhaps Horizon) had even thought to start grooming a successor. The short election cycle also prevented most from vetting the candidates or deciding who their best choice actually was. It also opened the field to some candidates that would never even be on the ballot in a “normal” election year.
So who’s running? Here are the eight candidates, listed according to their standing in the latest December polls.
*[[Vaneesh Ibn Kalanyr]], (Independent) 3.5% - When Scholl stepped into the ring, Seattle thought it had its wackiest candidate. Then this guy came along. He’s an unknown, but he’s snagged a chunk of the polls by having a flashy backer, the dragon Kalanyr. It’s only been a year since he became the “Son of Kalanyr” but that doesn’t seem to bother his supporters. His rallies draw in large numbers where he talks about big changes for Seattle in the vaguest possible terms and hordes of dragon worshipers hope to get a glimpse of Kalanyr.
'''Runoff and Results''' - Moving ahead a month or two, past the Special Election itself,
when all of the votes had been counted and it became clear that no one candidate would have the majority needed to claim the office. [[Nikola Taul]] and [[Corinne Potter]] were the candidates with the highest number of votes so a runoff election was scheduled.
After several more months of continued campaigning Seattle voters went back to the poles to make
a final choice. When the runoff votes were counted, [[Corinne Potter]] had defeated [[Nikola Taul]], giving Seattle a Technocrat in the Governor's Office.▼
▲After several more months of continued campaigning Seattle voters went back to the poles to make a final choice. When the runoff votes were counted, [[Corinne Potter]] had defeated [[Nikola Taul]], giving Seattle a Technocrat in the Governor's Office.