Democrat D.W. "Cotton" Cole defeated Republican incumbent Wesley Grier on Tuesday for the County Council District 3 seat.
Cole had 1,766 votes and Grier had 1,698 votes.
District 3 covers the Buford community, as well as the Camp Creek, Tradesville, Unity and Pleasant Dale communities.
Cole, a retired Lancaster fire chief, watched intently Tuesday night as the results came in on the big screen at the Lancaster County Administration Building.
At that time, he didn't know how the numbers were going to play out.