Malcolm Pethybridge has been chosen as the new councillor for the City of Greater Bendigo replacing Julie Hoskin.
He was chosen in a vote count-back by the Victorian Electoral Commission, being selected as councillor-elect over Thomas Prince.
The former fitter and turner has lived in Bendigo for the past 40 years and has highlighted bringing industry back to Bendigo as a key issue.
Pethybridge is expected to be sworn in on Monday and says the selection has come as a bit of a shock.
"When they did the vote count they said the unsuccessful candidates will pop up on the left hand side of the screen and the successful candidates on the right," Pethybridge says.
"Well, I'm looking at the left hand side of the screen thinking 'Where's my name?'"
"and there it was on the right hand side of the screen and I didn't expect that at all."