A two-way race for the House District 97 seat in the Legislature is still a two-way race, despite a statement from the Republican candidate that she is dropping out.

Bevelyn Beatty told The Republican Journal on Sept. 7 that she planned to withdraw from the race for the open seat representing Belfast, Northport and Waldo. Beatty faced Democrat Jan Dodge, also a newcomer to politics.

Speaking on that Friday, Beatty said she planned to mail a written statement to the Secretary of State the following Monday, Sept. 10. More than a week later, on Sept. 18, the department had not received anything from Beatty, who remains listed as an active candidate.

Whether Beatty submits an official withdrawal or not, her name will appear on the ballot in November. And if she hasn't withdrawn and gets a majority of the vote, she could be elected, according to a representative at the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions.

Beatty, who could not be reached for comment Sept. 18, has moved to New York and has said her bid for Maine Legislature is done. In a Facebook Live video she detailed her reasons for withdrawing, including a lack of support from God and from local Republicans.

Speaking on Sept. 18, Dodge said she hasn't stopped campaigning door-to-door since Beatty announced her intention to drop out and plans to keep going until she gets official word from the Secretary of State's Office.

"I'm forging ahead still with joy and smiles and looking forward to hopefully serving," she said.