Ended up locking the nav to the left because there is so much content on the page. Having that space on the side ended up crowding everything else. I also decided to change the blue color to a more opaque white since the blue ended up being the actionable color, as oppose to the selected color.
Attaching the full view of this direction now that its semi-complete.
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