The leader of majority Democrats in the Vermont House is dropping her bid to become the state's next speaker.
The Democratic Caucus plans to elect a nominee for speaker on Saturday. The entire House will then vote on that nominee in January.
Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas tells The Burlington Free Press she's no longer seeking the position because Rep. Mitzi Johnson has more support among Democratic lawmakers.
Johnson, a Democrat from South Hero, is now unopposed in the election.