(Fox News) Curt Mele has served for eight years as a city council member in a small town in West Virginia, and this year ran unopposed for his third term.

However, Mele’s seat is now in limbo because his name was accidentally left off the ballot in the May 13 election.

“At first I thought it was a joke,” Mele told FoxNews.com.

The city clerk in Benwood, a small town of about 1,600 near the Pennsylvania border, listed another city council member instead of Mele as the candidate for his seat. The other lawmaker still has two years remaining in his term.

Now, Mele says he and his lawyer are working to find a solution so he can serve the four-year term he says is rightfully his.

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