Craig Mann vacated his county school board seat in August and filling it should be no big deal. But the appointment has set off a flurry of activity that will reverberate in other races, because that’s the way things work around here with ambitious rising politicians and established ones who want to keep their privileges in the era of term limits. Two candidates want Mann’s old job: Alum Rock school boarder Darcie Green, who dreams of a 2016 State Assembly run, and lobbyist Javier Gonzalez of the California Restaurant Association. Supporting former Nora Campos aide Gonzalez are the power trio consisting of Supervisor George Shirakawa, his staff chief Eddie Garcia and Nora’s bro, San Jose Councilmember Xavier Campos. They furiously lobbied other county trustees for Gonzalez’s appointment last month. Shirakawa went so far as to take meetings with board trustees Leon Beauchman, Michael Chang and Joseph Di Salvo in the span of four September days—all on county time—and Xavier joined him for at least one of those meetings. Councilmember Campos’ calendar miraculously makes no mention of such a huddle. This all happened after Shirakawa went to bat for one of his staffers, Andres Quintero, getting him appointed to the Alum Rock school board in September. (Years ago, Shirakawa did the same for Garcia with the East Side Union school board.) Dolores Marquez initially passed on Quintero joining her on the Alum Rock board, but then she mysteriously flip-flopped to approve Quinteros’ addition by a 3-1 vote. Shirakawa apparently repaid the favor by attending two of Marquez’s re-election fundraisers two weeks later. None of this has much to do with school board seats, though. Green’s appointment could hamper Shirakawa’s intention to run for Assembly in 2016. By then, his supervisor seat would be occupied by Xavier, while Gonzalez would slide into the East Side council seat in San Jose. Of course, this all assumes Big George or Xavier won’t be prosecuted or face further legal problems from the former’s 2008 campaign violations or the latter’s closeness to the MACSA pension diversion.