Patricia Bechtler has officially withdrawn her candidacy for Franklin County Board of Supervisors, Gills Creek representative.

Bechtler, who filed to run in the Nov. 5 election in May, said her decision was based on family illness. She said she was spending a lot of time out of state and didn’t feel she could fulfill “what was required.”

“I just figured, it is not my time,” Bechtler said. She added she would still ask registered voters to vote on Election Day.

That leaves a two-way race with Lorie Smith and Rick Smithers vying for the seat vacated by outgoing supervisor Bob Camicia. Even so, Bechtler will still be listed on ballots this November.

Franklin County Registrar Kay Chitwood said ballots were already finalized when Bechtler submitted a candidate withdrawal form on Sept. 15. Changes could not be made before absentee ballots were mailed out on Sept. 20.

Chitwood said absentee ballots included an additional form to inform voters that Bechtler had withdrew. She said information will also be provided to voters when they enter polling places in Scruggs and Burnt Chimney this November.