NEW BEDFORD — Defeated At-Large City Council candidate Ralf Rho said Thursday he will not seek a recount in the race that saw him miss out on the final slot on the Nov. 5 ballot by one vote.

Leo Choquette finished ahead of Rho, 957-956, grabbing the 10th of 10 positions for the final election.

In a letter to The Standard-Times, Rho, a first-time candidate, wrote that he would not challenge the preliminary election results because "tax dollars should be allocated to more important issues we have raised in our campaign."

Reached Thursday night, Rho said it was a waste of money to hold a recount as the city continues to struggle with issues such as possibly laying off firefighters if the Fire Department fails to receive more federal grant money.

Rho added that it would be "egotistical" of him to ask for a recount, saying "This campaign was never about me."

Asked if he would run for office again, Rho said he is focused on trying to "be a New Bedford resident the best I could."

Asked if that meant he was ruling out a future run, Rho, laughing, said "Being a resident means being a resident."

Rho vigorously campaigned through social media and championed increased transparency and use of technology in government.

Choquette could not be reached for comment Thursday but said Tuesday night that it would be "only fair" to agree to a recount had Rho suggested one.

By Matt Camara | Standard-Times