by William Petrosky, Des Moines Register
State Sen. David Johnson, who quit the Republican Party of Iowa in protest of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy in 2016, said Thursday he has dropped plans to seek re-election as a political independent in November.
Johnson, a resident of Ocheyedan in far northwest Iowa who has served nearly 20 years in the Iowa Legislature, issued a statement announcing his decision and pledging to work for his constituents until his term ends in January.
“First and foremost, I want to thank all those who have supported my efforts to shine a spotlight on how polarized and partisan the political process has become,” Johnson said. “As a private citizen, I will find a place to be an advocate for education, the environment, access to health care and fiscal responsibility.”
Johnson, 67, a former newspaper publisher and editor, became a political independent two years ago when it became apparent the Republican Party was about to embrace Trump as its presidential nominee.