Republicans James Kalloch and Carole Gartley have withdrawn from the race for two Maine House seats.

Kalloch of Rockland withdrew around June 19 from the race for the District 93 seat serving Rockland and Owls Head. He would have challenged Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson in November.

"I didn't think I could spend the time I need to campaign," Kalloch said July 11. He said this is the busy season for his business, Penobscot Ferry and Transport.

Gartley said July 11 that she was only running as a place-holder in the election. The Republicans had to have candidates named by January in order to have a place in the race. She withdrew after the June primary.

She was listed in the District 94 House Race and would have challenged Joan Welsh, D-Rockport. Independent Owen Casas of Rockport is also running in that race.

The Republican Party has until July 28 to caucus and nominate candidates to fill the vacancies.