SALEM, Mass. – In a hastily-arranged late night meeting, the Progressive Wizards’ Party executive committee has selected Seraphina Marks, the current Director of Magical Parks and Recreation, as their replacement nominee for Secretary of Magic in the October 28th election. A replacement nominee was needed after current Secretary of Magic Polonius Aberfoyle announced that he was dropping out of the race yesterday.
Marks is a surprising and somewhat controversial nominee. She is most well-known for leading the activist group Parents Against Lawless Magic (P.A.L.M.), which agitated against the education policies of both Aberfoyle and his predecessor, Secretary James “Greywolf” Spangler, beginning in 2011. P.A.L.M. dissolved in 2014, at which point Marks took a job as a prosecutor in the U.S. Magic Attorney’s office, where she was most noted for her failed posthumous prosecution of the famous witch Persephone.
Over the course of the next year, Marks changed party affiliations and quickly became an ally of the Aberfoyle administration. She successfully lobbied the Magical Congress for the creation of a Department of Magical Parks and Recreation, separate from the Bureau of Magical Resource Management, and was appointed by Aberfoyle to become its first Director, a post which in which she was confirmed by the Wizarding Senate in August 2016.
Her short time as an active party member makes her selection even more surprising, given the deep support other potential candidates appeared to have. While the executive committee has refused to comment on whom they considered for the nomination, rumors had swirled that longtime Senator Hubert Whills (PWP-MN), with 6 terms in the Wizarding Senate, was the preferred candidate of at least 6 of the committee’s 15 members. Aberfoyle’s decision not to endorse a candidate publicly made the committee’s deliberations even more inscrutable. It is not known at this time whether the Secretary endorsed a candidate privately to the committee.
“I’m honored to pick up the standard for the PWP, and fight to continue the progress the current administration has made on so many fronts,” Marks said in a brief appearance to accept the party’s nomination. “As I have always shown in my career, I am passionate about education, justice, and equality. If chosen by the wizarding people of the U.S., I will fight for the oppressed and downtrodden witches and wizards of our great nation.”
Secretary Aberfoyle also appeared briefly this morning to show his support for the candidate. “Ms. Marks is an excellent choice for our candidate. She is tenacious, principled, and supremely able. She has done an excellent job establishing our new Department of Magical Parks and Rec, and I know she will bring the same focus and drive to the office of Secretary.” The Secretary declined to answer whether he would make campaign appearances on Marks’ behalf. He also declined to comment on rumors that his decision to drop out of the race was driven by his difficulty working with the new Muggle President.
Director Marks will face off against Senator Laurasia Jones (GOM-VA) in the October 28th election, with the winner assuming a full 10-year term as Secretary of Magic.