The mayoral race in Pemberton has been decided before voters even made their way to the polls.
At Monday night's All Candidates Meeting, long-time Pemberton resident Jerry Mohs announced he would be backing out of the race due to health reasons.
With that news, incumbent councillor and current acting mayor Mike Richman will be acclaimed as Mayor of Pemberton, once the withdrawal has been sanctioned by the provincial government.
"I am honoured to be given the opportunity to fill the role to work on your behalf," Richman said.
"The mayor is one part of the machinery... I look forward to promoting a team that will preserve our identity, preserve our character and grow the potential of our town."
Mohs' announcement seemed to take the 200 or so in attendance by surprise - including the Village of Pemberton officials.
Ballots for the Nov. 15 election have already been printed, with Mohs' name under the heading of mayor.
There won't be a need to vote for a mayor in Pemberton this year, but there is still much deciding to do for the remaining seats at the council table.
Eight candidates are in the running for Pemberton's four councillor seats.
Pick up the Pique on Thursday for the full story from the All Candidates Meeting.