Portland City Council candidate Joey Brunelle talks to CBS 13 about the city's election night difficulties. Credit: CBS 13

At-large City Council candidate Joey Brunelle is no longer seeking a recount in his race to unseat longtime incumbent Nicholas Mavodones, he said in a Tuesday morning Facebook post.

Brunelle lost to Mavodones by just more than 700 votes out of nearly 30,000 ballots cast in the race. But a car crash knocked out power at one city polling place on election night and city elections workers were forced to hand count ballots into the early morning hours the following day after multiple tabulation machines broke down.

Those irregularities were enough for Brunelle to initially consider requesting a recount, but he said Tuesday he was satisfied by the city clerk’s reassurances since then.

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The city clerk “assured me that no vote was discarded due to processing problems after polls closed, and that visual counting occurred when the technology could not process a ballot,” he said in the post, in part.

Brunelle added that he plans to continue to be active in the community, where he said there’s “plenty of work to do” addressing issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, the opioid crisis, climate change and government transparency.

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Seth Koenig

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