As recently as Aug. 26, former Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith continued to raise questions about her narrow loss to Dan Ryan in the Aug. 11 special election runoff to fill a vacant Portland City Council seat.

But Multnomah County elections officials found no merit to her concerns and certified the election result Aug. 31.

Ryan defeated Smith 51% to 48%, a margin of 5,291 votes. For a closer look at the precincts that provided him that margin of victory, check out this study.

Ryan announced this week he has hired Kellie Torres, development manager at Portland Parks & Recreation, to be his chief of staff. Ryan takes office Sept. 10, replacing late Commissioner Nick Fish, who died in January of abdominal cancer.