By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A primary election for the Republican nomination for mayor in Quincy is unnecessary after one of the two candidates who had filed withdrew from the race Monday.
Rich Nichols, 36, who works for Colony Inc., filed as a Republican for mayor and for 3rd Ward alderman last week, but Quincy City Clerk Jenny Hayden has confirmed that Nichols withdrew from the mayoral race.
Quincy 3rd Ward Alderman Kyle Moore will be the sole Republican candidate for mayor. He will face Democratic incumbent John Spring, who is seeking a third term.
Nichols had to withdraw from one of the races by Monday, or he would have been kicked off the ballot in both. He remains a candidate for alderman in the 3rd Ward. where a primary for the Republican nomination still will be held Feb. 26. The racer is between Nichols; Ken Hultz, owner of Hultz's We Care Auto Car; and FedEx employee Jared Holbrook. Democrat Mike Martin also is a candidate in the 3rd Ward.