It was well past bedtime Tuesday night when it became apparent that Dave Pine had edged out his opponents in the heated race for San Mateo County supervisor. But 7-year-old Jack Pine was still awake, and had a surprise for his newly elected father.
The budding musician had composed his first song, and chose that moment to give it its world premiere.
“You won the election, I am so proud that you got it all. Now you are in charge of the county,” sang the young man, before launching into the song’s refrain: “Have fun being county supervisor! Have fun being county supervisor!”
If it’s possible to hear a smile over the phone, Dave Pine’s wide one could be detected as he recounted the moment the next morning.
“We will probably have him do a repeat performance at the swearing in,” Pine said.
That’s likely to occur at the end of May, after the tight election is finally certified. Pine beat out two other well-qualified candidates by the narrowest of margins in the Tuesday election, which was held to replace Supervisor Mark Church after he left the position to become the county’s assessor-clerk-recorder in January. Pine received 27.2 percent of the votes, only about 950 more than runner-up Richard Holober and about 1,200 more than candidate Gina Papan.
“Basically, there were three of us where any of the three could win,” Pine said. “It was insanely tight.”
But unlike the other candidates, Pine was able to invest close to $550,000 of his own money into the race — more than any supervisorial candidate has ever spent before in San Mateo County.
Pine said the expense was necessary because the race was countywide, rather than the district elections every other county in the state uses. He said he was glad he’d made the investment.
“But you can ask me again a year from now,” he joked.
Indeed, being county supervisor may not be the kind of “fun” Jack Pine envisions, since the first order of business will be tackling the county’s $50 million deficit. Nonetheless, Pine said he’s excited to begin.
“A lot of people who have been supervisors and then gone on to higher office look back at the San Mateo County supervisors and say this is the best job they ever held,” he said. “I think I can appreciate why.”