When Hurricane Alexis swept up the Delaware coast and destroyed Long Island, sheriff's deputy Jordan Wiley lost her father. In the aftermath, she could also lose her country.
Welcome to the America of the future, where oil shocks spur feverish growth in the technologies to replace it but also a rebuilding of a pre-industrial society. Where the growing political power of Pacific Coast progressives, New South patriots and Latinos seeking their Aztlan forces the government to hold a Constitutional Convention to chart the nation's future.
As Jordan mourns her father's death and reunites with her estranged family, she didn't count on seeing her ex-husband as well. When FBI agent Ray Cooper drops back into her life on the trail of stolen military weapons, she's surprised to find how much she still cares for him. But when they discover a plot to seize control of the presidency, one that may involve her own family, she has to decide if preserving a fractured union is worth sacrificing her loved ones.
Set near the turbulent end of the oil era, where high-tech advances coincide with economic chaos and demands for political change, "Perfect Union" follows today's headlines into a future that's scary as it is plausible.
It needs polishing up but you're on the right track. You'll need MUCH more about who's behind the plot to control the presidency and why that is a bad idea (Miss Snark has ambitions to be President of the Known Universe so she's not going to just jump on the "control is bad" bandwagon).
Dystopic future novels are really tricky cause you have to create a world that is both oddly familiar and yet new.