Iowa Republicans look for new candidate after challenger drops out to join alternative government

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July 31, 2012


By Greg Janetka

LINN COUNTY, Iowa: Linn County Republicans are scheduled to hold a special nominating convention on August 6 to pick a replacement for Randi Shannon in the race for Iowa State Senate District 34. While it is not unusual for state legislative candidates to withdraw, Shannon made headlines earlier this month when she announced she was dropping out in order to join an alternative government.[1]

Shannon ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, and was set to face District 18 incumbent Liz Mathis in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

However, in a letter dated July 4, 2012, Shannon declared she was withdrawing from the race in order to become Senator of the "Republic of the United States of America," as opposed to the current U.S. government, which she referred to as an "Unlawful Corporate Democracy."[4]

As Shannon explained in her letter, "Where the de jure Republic of the United States of America exists the de facto UNITED STATES CORPORATION, having no standing, must go away!"[4]

Shannon said she was appointed to serve as U.S. Senator in the Republic government by the Republic's four U.S. House members from Iowa.[5]

The deadline for candidates to file with the Iowa Secretary of State is August 17.[1]

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