According to the show’s executive producer Mike Schur, that was the original plot for the series finale before it was scrapped.
"At one time, the end of the show was Andy is the mayor," Schur told reporters at the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour. "That’s what we thought. He was going to shine everyone’s shoes and everyone who meets him loves him, and that’s why we kept him doing that for a while. And one point in season two or season three, we were like, 'Andy’s going to be the mayor someday!'"
Sadly, that “best ending ever” won’t come to pass.
But Schur believes that the new ending to the cult-hit show’s seven-year run will be a lot more satisfying for its fans.
"Everyone is there at the end,” he disclosed. “I haven’t edited the episode yet, but the last moments of the show are everybody in the same place at the same time."
The showrunner revealed that the key to the final season is concluding it in a way that is satisfying for longtime fans of the show, as well as new viewers.
"There are certain things that are going to happen this season that are going to be a lot more enjoyable for people who have been close watchers of the series," he said. “But the goal is always to have the story stand on its own regardless if you haven’t seen the show before."
As disappointing as it is that the man who used to live in a pit and have dirt and rock fights with bums won’t be Pawnee’s most important politician, Schur’s got something up his sleeve that will ensure that the "Parks & Rec" series finale will satisfy fans.
"We didn’t really think about the end until after we had made the time jump in the season six finale,” he said. “It wasn’t like we had a plan. We had the luxury going into this knowing it was the final season and having the whole thing laid out in front of us. We didn’t have a different plan for how it was going to end. We didn’t decide how it was going to end until after we got our final season."
"It's less of a question of trying to guess what an audience will like, but more trying to honor the plotlines," he added. "Let the chips fall where they may."