Dave Pine beat out five other candidates to win the District 1 seat in San Mateo County’s first all-mail election for supervisor.
Pine bested community college district president Richard Holober to win the position outright in a race with no run-off. In third place was Millbrae Council member Gina Papan, followed by Burlingame Mayor Terry Nagel, victim’s advocate Michael Stogner, and retired San Mateo Highlands resident Demetrios Nikas.
Pine’s slim victory capped one of the most competitive supervisor races of the past three decades, with four well-established, well-funded elected officials running a race with no clear front-runner.
The seat for District 1 — which includes San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Francisco Airport and parts of San Mateo and South San Francisco — opened up when Mark Church was elected in November as assessor-clerk-recorder.
A charter amendment that voters also passed in November authorized the all-mail election to fill the rest of Church’s term, which expires at the end of 2012.
Tuesday’s special election was also unique because there was no run-off election between the top two candidates, as would have happened in a regular supervisor election where no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote.
In recent months, the candidates flooded mailboxes with campaign fliers and raised tens of thousands of dollars to get their messages out to 343,000 voters. San Mateo County is the only county in California that still elects its supervisors through a countywide vote rather than by district.
Tuesday’s winner will immediately join a five-member board wrestling with how to cut more than $50 million out of the county’s $1.7 billion budget, including potential cuts to programs for substance abusers, children with disabilities and counseling facilities. County Manager David Boesch is expected to release his proposed budget later this month.
The board is also scrutinizing Sheriff Greg Munks’ plans to build a new 768-bed jail in Redwood City, a facility estimated to cost $150 million to build and $30 million annually to operate. At least two supervisors have questioned whether the proposed jail is too big.
549 of 549 precincts reporting
Dave Pine ............. 27.2%
Richard Holober .. 26.0%
Gina Papan ........... 25.8%
Terry Nagel .......... 10.1%
Michael Stogner .... 7.5%
Demetrios Nikas .... 3.4%
Source: San Mateo County Office of Elections