Randy Richardson juggles his job at a bean processing plant and duties on his farm in rural Iowa. He has two school-age children, and administrators in his small community of Riceville asked whether he would consider campaigning for a position on the local school board.

He agreed and ran unopposed. But on election day earlier this month, Richardson, 42, was too busy hopping between his maintenance work at the processing plant and chores on his farm to head to the polls. Apparently others were, too.

Richardson lost the election because no one voted for him. Or anyone for that matter. None of his area’s 122 registered voters cast a ballot. Across the entire school district, only 36 people voted Sept. 8., according to the Associated Press.

Riceville, with a population of 500, sits close to the Minnesota border and is home to many Amish and Mennonite families, which typically do not take part in elections. The AP reported that many voters in the farming community stayed home to tend to their crops on voting day, including Richardson.

Fortunately for Richardson, members of the newly elected school board are poised to give him a vote of confidence. They plan to appoint him to the board, the AP reported.