11/04/2014 03:34 EST | Updated 01/04/2015 05:59 EST

Pemberton election for mayor decided 11 days before vote

The election race for the mayor's chair in Pemberton is over, 11 days before the vote, after candidate Jerry Mohs dropped out of the race Monday night, citing health concerns.

The only other candidate in the race is Mike Richman, and Mohs insistence that he will not accept an election win means Richman is assured of becoming the next mayor of Pemberton.

Mohs says he decided to abandon his campaign, after meeting with two doctors last week, who both told him his health was failing.

He says he decided that even if he won the election, he would likely have to step down sometime next year.

"The cost of a by-election would be $20,000 or $30,000 and I didn't want to put the village through the cost," Mohs said.

However, because Mohs pulled out so close to the election, his name will remain on the ballot. He says he's disappointed for those supporting him, but he's encouraging supporters not to vote for him.