Special to The Morning Oracle
DENVER, Colo. – As election season draws near, the inevitable surprises and shakeups are beginning. In what has become an increasingly normal occurrence over the years, Colorado is leading the charge for change. Early last week, Senator Frasier Hudson (PWP-CO), who succeeded Polonius Aberfoyle as a Colorado Senator following the latter’s election as Secretary of Magic in 2012, announced his intention not to seek re-election.
Political pundits loudly pondered what candidates might vie for the seat, and what a new Senator might mean for the balance of power in Salem. One of the names mentioned by many commentators as likely to toss their hat in the ring for the Grand Old Mages’ Party was Seraphina Marks.
Miss Marks has become a familiar face to wizarding households. She’s best known for leading the prosecution (and losing) in the prominent trial of Persephone, and as the former spokeswitch for activist group Parents Against Lawless Magic (PALM).
With PALM, Seraphina Marks made significant impacts on wizarding legislation, leading the charge for tighter regulation of magical education. In that vein, she devoted the bulk of her efforts to destabilizing the attempt to reconstruct the Timmernak school. While ultimately unsuccessful in her endeavors to block the school’s resurgence, Marks never hesitated in calling out her opponents.
In addition to being a thorn in the side of the Secretary himself, she clashed frequently with the faculty, staff and students of Avistrum Academy of Sorcery, especially Headmaster Clark Dowling. Their feud took an interesting turn, however, once news broke that Miss Marks and the Headmaster were once romantically involved. When scandal sheets such as Witch Weekly and The Inquisition got ahold of that information, it was all any gossip column would discuss for weeks, and threatened to derail her campaign against Timmernak.
Just when the embers were starting to dwindle, the tabloid fires erupted again when another shocking twist occurred. After campaigning for months to halt, and then defeat, the referendum to grant a charter for a rebuilt Timmernak, Miss Marks reversed her stance on the eve of the vote and abruptly resigned from PALM. Following her resignation, Miss Marks dropped out of the public eye.
The chattering classes must now be grinning from ear to ear, however, because the controversial Marks is back in a big way.
This past Tuesday on the WNN, Seraphina Marks announced that she would indeed be running for Hudson’s open Senate seat. However, this was not the shocking part of her announcement. To the bafflement of WNN interviewer Gabrielle O’Connor, Marks proclaimed that she was seeking nomination by the PWP, not the GOM. This is a drastic reversal, as the Progressive Wizards’ Party has been one of Marks’ greatest foes.
In the interview, Marks was quoted, “After much soul searching, and in light of recent events, I have found a new meaning and purpose, one that I believe is best served as part of the PWP. I also wish to extend an olive branch to Avistrum Academy. I realize that I have not given the faculty, staff, or students at Avistrum any reason to trust me, but I sincerely hope that I can earn their trust, if given the chance.”
This new development has left the political world reeling, and promises to really shake up the race for Hudson’s seat. No statement as of yet has been released from Avistrum Castle, but knowing the faculty, residents and students, that quiet is merely temporary.