CORALVILLE, Iowa --- The Republican candidate for a state Senate seat in eastern Iowa has dropped out of the race.
Randi Shannon, of Coralville, released a letter Friday saying she was dropping her bid to represent Senate District 34. She would have faced incumbent Democratic state Sen. Liz Mathis in the November election.
In the letter, Shannon says she is instead joining an alternative form of government.
The district includes Marion, Hiawatha, Robins and Linn County east of Cedar Rapids.
Don McDowell, spokesman for the office of the Iowa Senate Republican Leader,said Linn County Republicans will hold a nominating convention in the next few weeks to select her replacement.
Shannon has until Aug. 9 to officially withdraw from the election.
Shannon, who describes herself as an entrepreneur and homeschooling mom, released a four-page message Friday saying she is now the senator of the Republic of the United States of America and the Republic for Iowa.
The group believes that America’s original form of government, a collection of republics, was usurped in 1871 by a corporation called the United States Corporation, according to the group’s website.
“Now, knowing this, and with the best interests of the people of Iowa District 34 uppermost in my heart and out of respect for my own conscience, I am here to announce that I am ending my campaign as of July 4,” Shannon wrote in her statement. “My level of service to the good people of Iowa who has been so supportive of me and my campaign will be greatly increased.”