Robert "Bobby" McDonald would be preparing to take his hard-earned seat on Walton City Council had Tuesday's ballot not ended in a tie.
All he needed to defeat his nearest opponent Olivia Ballou for the sixth available place was one more vote.
His wife Katie's vote, to be precise.
When she rang him with ten minutes to go before the polls closed to say she had not managed to get to the booth, he told her not to worry.
What harm could it do, he reasoned.
"She worked extra hours [at night], goes to school and we have three kids, so I don't blame her," Mr McDonald told the Kentucky Enquirer .
"She woke up about ten minutes before the polls closed and asked if she should run up, but I told her I didn't think one vote would matter."
His fate is now likely to be decided by the toss of a coin.
"You never think it will come down to one vote, but I'm here to tell you that it does," lamented Bobby, after ending up with 669 votes.