The South Bay political machine knows how to orchestrate high strategy better than just about anybody, but fallout from the San Jose mayor’s race could lead to one awkward encounter next year. A few years ago, organized labor tapped county Supervisor Dave Cortese to run for mayor. And yet, if he succeeds Chuck Reed, he could leave the union deck a little less stacked on the Board of Supervisors. Nora Campos terms out of the Assembly in 2016, and oddsmakers see her giving up her last year in Sac so she can replace Cortese on the county board. Running for office has become a way of life for Campos, who serves two-year terms at the state level, so a special election in 2015 should go like clockwork—assuming she doesn’t throw a tantrum, or phone, or chair, or piano (at staffers) in public. But her departure would then set off another special election for one of San Jose’s seats in the state Assembly. Baby bro Xavier Campos had been groomed to inherit that role, just as he stepped into his sister’s pumps on the San Jose City Council, but good buddy and incarcerated former county supe George Shirakawa Jr.’s conviction continues to hang over his head. Amidst allegations that Shirakawa helped Xavier steal an election, he faces tough competition in this year’s council race, not to mention ongoing investigations by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and the District Attorney’s office. That leaves San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra, perhaps labor’s most equipped candidate, to move up the Assembly ladder. But fast moving county education trustee Darcie Green might also run for that seat. Adding the dash of awkward, Kalra and Green dated for four years, meaning we may have our first Assembly race in which rival candidates have seen each other naked.