Linn County Republicans to hold nominating conventions next week
Candidates have until Aug. 17 to file nomination papers
Linn County Republicans will hold special nominating conventions Monday to fill two vacancies before the November election.
The group will select a replacement for Randi Shannon, who withdrew from the Senate District 34 election earlier this month to join the Republic for Iowa, an alternate government.
Shannon was to have run against Liz Mathis, a Democrat who won a special election last year in the district that includes Marion, Hiawatha, Robins and Linn County east of Cedar Rapids.
Republicans also will choose a candidate for House District 70, which includes Cedar Rapids and rural Linn County, to run against incumbent Democrat Todd Taylor.
Linn County Republican Central Committee members will serve as delegates and accept nominations for the positions. Candidates are usually given a few minutes to speak, county Chairman Steve Armstrong said. From those nominations, the committee will select the candidates to run in November.
Candidates have until Aug. 17 to file nomination papers with the Iowa secretary of state.
The special nominating convention for Senate District 34 will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Marion Public Library, at 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion; and the convention for House District 70 will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Seuss Room, 2600 Edgewood Rd. SW, Suite 330.