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Secretary Nomination Rejected On Legislative Floor



Since the start of the 5th Congress, the Executive has struggled to find a suitable candidate for Secretary of State. On November 3rd, we finally saw the first nomination come through under Executive Nomination 035 when Karly Stark was announced as the Executive’s desired candidate. In order for a nomination to pass and be made official, the Legislature must have a majority in favor of the candidate. It is customary for the candidate to be interviewed by the legislature so they may become familiar with the candidate, but it is unclear if this occurred during the seven days it took for the nomination to be voted on.

On November 10th, the votes came back with a majority nay, meaning the Executive will remain without a Secretary of State for the unforeseeable future. The Secretary of State in the previous two congresses oversaw a great deal of the day-to-day operations of the Executive, as well as aided in being the voice of the people to the Executive, Legislature, and other government departments. Town Halls and government-run events were also primarily organized and executed by the Secretary of State. With no Secretary of State, this duty has fallen heavily on Lt. Governor Adrian Jax.

“Karly has been my assistant for most of my term and has done an excellent job. She cares very much about the State, having been a Governor candidate in the last election, and has told me she wishes to do more. I personally thought she would make an excellent Secretary of State,” Joanna Poole stated when we reached out to her about the nomination. We further asked how Representative Poole felt the Executive would be impacted by continuing without a Secretary of State and she said, “I believe it will be. I know the Governor and Lt. Governor are hard at work, and I know a Secretary of State is sorely needed to alleviate some of the pressure on them and ensure that communications with the public and government departments are given the full attention it deserves.”

When we reached out to the other Representatives for insight into how they voted, only Representative Cooper Bergowitz got back to us. Representative Bergowitz said he was aware of other candidates, of which he favored Anthony Lankowski for the position, stating, “I reviewed his body of work with the DoJ as a prosecutor and found him to have a respectable resume and professionally conducts himself with a high standard. I was expecting to see him nominated and was surprised when he wasn’t. I voted nay because in my opinion, Lankowski is a better fit for the position.” When asked if he anticipated any pushback from the failed nomination, he explained he was nominated to act on behalf of the people despite any pushback that may follow.

When reaching out to the Executive, Governor Richard Starr had this to say:
“I still stand behind our nomination of Karly Stark. She has knowledge and skill set to fulfill the duties of Secretary of State. She was a member of the Major Events Committee for the Executive branch, and has been working with Joanna Poole as a State Rep Assistant. She has done an amazing job in both roles and is more than qualified for Secretary of State.”

The people will have to wait and see if the 5th Congress will conclude its term with or without a Secretary of State.

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  1. some guy

    November 22, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Maybe just me bruv but what if it was a ”nay” for the same reason she got ”nay” when trying to be Governor yeh?

  2. Someone with too much info

    November 22, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Maybe instead of doubling down on his proposed secretary of state the Gov. Should have listened to all the options and weighed them instead of nominating one person and when she got voted no says he still thinks she’d be the best fit…

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