Dave Pine Declares Victory in Supervisor Election

As results came in Tuesday night, Dave Pine wins close race with 27.2 percent of the votes.

According to the final election results of the night, voters elected Dave Pine for the open San Mateo County Board of Supervisors seat with 27.2 percent of the votes Tuesday.

After six months of six candidates contending for one spot on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, San Mateo Union High School District Trustee Pine announced his victory from his Burlingame home Tuesday night.

“I’m ecstatic,” he said while surrounded by family and friends. “It’s been all-consuming for six months…I’ve been working on it every waking minute.”

Tuesday’s results showed Pine closely followed by San Mateo County Community College Board Member Richard Holober, with 26 percent of the votes.

Pine said he expected a close race given the caliber of candidates, including Burlingame Mayor Terry Nagel, Millbrae Councilmember Gina Papan, San Mateo resident Demetrios Nikas and Volunteer Victims’ Advocate and businessman Michael Stogner.

“It’s a fantastic evening,” Pine said. “There’s nothing like a campaign because you work and work and work and your fate is determined in an instant.”

He said his first priority as supervisor is to get the county’s fiscal house in order.

“We have a lot of hard choices to make,” Pine said. “There will have to be cuts made in all areas of county spending.”

For the night, however, Pine was happy to celebrate with family and friends, including his 7-year-old son, Jack, who said he is “just so proud” of his dad. Jack sang a special song to commemorate the evening.

“I’m so grateful for so many people who stepped up to help me,” Pine said. “This has been a major, major team effort.”

However, not all candidates believed the race to be over Tuesday night. Papan said it was still too close to call from her watch party at the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union in Burlingame.

“A lot of people voted today and there are still numbers out there,” she said. “There’s a lot of work to be done in this county, and win, lose or draw, we’re still going to be doing that work.”

Papan and supporters were hopeful that thousands of votes may still need to be counted.

Nagel, who was surrounded by about 60 supporters at her Burlingame home as the results came in, was thankful for the support she has seen and the learning experience of a county-wide campaign.

“I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart,” she told those gathered at her home. “We gave it a good shot. It was a good education.”

An opening on the board occurred when voters selected former Supervisor Mark Church as San Mateo Elections Officer and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder last November. A special mail-in election was scheduled to fill the vacancy, ending May 3.

The winner will fill the position until the term’s end in January 2013.

The race focused on the issue of the San Mateo County budget, including county employee compensation and pension, as well as job growth, housing and transportation issues throughout the county.

Steve Russell May 04, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Congratulations to Dave Pine. I sincerely hope he focuses on preserving education so we can maintain our economic and competitiveness in the region and the world, as well as our social stability. An educated work-force creates huge returns for decades to come!
Anjessello May 04, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Congradulations to David Pine for winning the election. I am pretty sure the majority of the vote knows what's going on more than I do.
J Citizen May 04, 2011 at 08:36 PM
My wife and I received our ballots Saturday May the 1st. She had a chance to mail it in but I did not. I was told by the Chief Elections Officer's Office(mouthfull) the ballots should have been mailed by April the 3rd. Ballots had to be in by May the 3rd, no post marked mail. If this is the case, my wife's vote might not count. How many other people received their ballots late? Should the deadline be extended for another week? I think so. Should someone at the Chief Elections Office or Post office be held responsible for the late delivery? Maybe. What I find odd, no where on the envelope does it indicate when it was mailed. I was told by the Chief Elections Office maybe the post office does not indicated the date. I think the post office should mark the date so voters know when their ballot was mailed so no one can question if ballots were mailed late for the next Vote by mail. It is time we develop a county system to vote the modern way, via a secured website connecting to it via what may have you: a smart phone, cell phone, text, laptop, computer, etc. Let's get direct Democracy going already. I would like to see and hear our potential candidates speak and debate rather than receiving their direct mailings that really tell us little about them (except how great they are).
Cid May 04, 2011 at 09:05 PM
I'm sad to see that some ballots arrived so late; I received mine in early April. I did my homework early, by attending candidate forums etc. so I made up my mind early BUT, not wanting to chance tricky business I drove my ballot to Tower Road (Just off 92 at the Polhemus/Ralston exit in San Mateo) and dropped it into the outdoor ballot box early. I found out that if you vote early, you stop getting calls from candidites early, because they get lists of voters who still haven't voted, and that is who the candidates focus their calls on! I found this out because I volunteered to join the Dave Pine Campaign of get out the vote callers after hearing him at two House parties here on the Coast. He truely had a grass roots effort, in spite of contributing to his own campaign from his own money. By the way, I would rather vote for a person who has so much belief in themself that they put their own money where their mouth is, than to vote for someone with big endorsements from UNIONS and other groups with an agenda, like SAMCAR. I was impressed, however, that Senator Jackie Speier gave her coveted endorsement to him...to me that spoke volumes because I respect her. In hearing Dave speak at house parties, it was clear that he was well-versed on the issues. When asked how that happeend, he replied that he is an avid reader, which meant to me, that he would not take very long to get up to speed once elected. Good Job, Dave! You deserve it.
Brian Ginna May 04, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Dave Pine will represent a very vocal but minority faction of very rich "environmentalists" (of which he is one) that do not want anything built anywhere. Not going to help the County's financial dilemma one bit. Why did he resign from the CGF Board? Was it simply the obvious conflict of interest, that has not gone away one bit?


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