Former Marion resident plans campaign for Iowa Senate seat

Previous GOP candidate left race to take role in new government

Ryan Flood
Ryan Flood

A former Marion resident returning to his hometown hopes to take an active role in the community – as a state senator.

Ryan Flood, who has been director of operations for libertarian-leaning Liberty for All in Texas since leaving the Ron Paul presidential campaign this spring, told Linn County Republicans he will seek the nomination in Iowa Senate 34 that wraps around Cedar Rapids’ north and east sides.

Republicans will nominate a challenger to Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Cedar Rapids, later this summer to fill the vacancy created by Randi Shannon’s decision to remove her name from the general election ballot.

No other candidates have stepped forward, according to Linn County GOP Co-Chairwoman Cindy Golding. It’s possible, she said, that once a nominating convention is called by the state party – probably in early August – other candidates could emerge.

Flood, a Linn-Mar and University of Iowa graduate who has worked as a political organizer and in financial services, spoke to about 100 party members at the Linn County Republican Central Committee meeting Tuesday.

According to Golding, he was passionate about getting government back on track, expressed concern with government debt “and said he wants to be a part of the solution.”

Flood declined to discuss his candidacy Wednesday.

“I currently have no comment at this early stage of my candidacy,” he said in an email. “As the special convention reconvenes I will have more to say at that time.”Senate 34 includes Hiawatha and Marion as well as all or parts of Monroe, Marion, Bertram and Putnam townships.