Ah. Walter, the Federation has always messed up the difference between casting votes for the best course of action or the most competent ruler and their paper thin "all are equal" argument, which mostly means equal in terms of being bullied by the more powerful, more corrupt or more manipulating "person of the people". When will they learn that people actually don't have to be monodimensional thinkers only because they don't fall for the colourful theatre of the Feds? But sorry, I am just getting off-topic ... this might be something for an own "Free for All Feds-Alliance-Empire Fighting Pit" thread
On topic: A Lavigny-Duval (what a strange first name abbreviation) seems to be a good choice. All her stance against corruption and her combat oriented bonuses, and even the multishot rail gun (whatever that helps) seems fine.