Tonight's election represents a victory for San Mateo County.
It represents a victory because for the first time I know of, unions have failed to buy an election in San Mateo County.
I congratulate Dave Pine on his victory.
I am proud that I received 7.5% of the vote (or 5,886 votes) after spending less than $500 of my own money. That works out to 11.77 votes per dollar spent. Mr. Pine received somewhat less ($550,000/21,442 = 0.039 votes per dollar spent). Notwithstanding this issue, I believe that Mr. Pine represents a good choice for San Mateo County and I look forward to working with him.
I am also proud that I took the lead in questioning pay raises for law enforcement in San Mateo County that were falsely labeled as decreases by the current Board of Supervisors. I call on Supervisor-Elect Pine to make this a critical part of his platform. Much work needs to be done in San Mateo County, but ending law enforcement union's undue influence of our county government is the top priority.
For now, I plan to continue my work as a victim's advocate and watchdog in San Mateo County. I am encouraged by the significant increase in momentum I have achieved in the past year.
I sincerely thank all of my 5,886 supporters for their vote. I look forward to the next election.