On behalf of my family, my friends and the volunteers who tirelessly worked to promote our message of stronger community and a better New Bedford, I express my sincere gratitude to all residents of our great city who supported our candidacy for councilor-at-large. It was certainly an honor and a privilege to be part of the democratic process, and to stand with all the candidates who have put their name on the ballot.

I came from a very humble beginning, building a better life for myself, my family and to become a part of the New Bedford community. Our campaign was built upon a straightforward approach of leadership, accountability, empowerment, transparency, and the belief that our elected officials have a responsibility to deliver the resources and services the taxpayers deserve in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Although I am new to the political landscape, I have made many great friends and loyal supporters on the campaign trail. We lost the elections by one vote, yet we are all winners. I believe that we all have a duty to remain involved to improve our quality of life as a community. We will continue to be committed to that cause and together we will build a New Bedford that works for everyone.

I will not be requesting a recount of Tuesday night's election results. Instead of spending on the cost of a recount, I believe that our tax dollars should be allocated to more important issues we have raised in our campaign, like finding solutions to our concerns for public safety, addressing our drastic unemployment record, the rampant drug epidemic, poor school performance and youth delinquency.

It is important now more than ever, for voters to remain focused on the candidates and their proposed solutions to those issues we face. I accept the results, and wish each and every candidate the best of luck in the general election.

By Ralf S. Rho – New Bedford, Massachusetts