When the music stopped and a vote was taken to add a new trustee to the Santa Clara County Office of Education board Wednesday night, two elected officials must have realized they lost this round of political musical chairs.
County Supervisor George Shirakawa and San Jose Councilmember Xavier Campos actively lobbied board trustees to have Javier Gonzalez fill the county trustee seat left vacant by Craig Mann’s resignation. But when the six trustees remaining on the board took their vote, Darcie Green, who works in government affairs for Kaiser Permanente, got the nod. Sources tell San Jose Inside that Green did plenty of lobbying on her own behalf to win the seat.
To move over to the county seat, she will be forced to relinquish her spot on the Alum Rock school board. Javier Gonzalez received a vote from trustee Anna Song, and Kendra Fujino has the support of trustee Julia Hover-Smoot, according to the Mercury News. Green received votes from Leon Beauchmann, Michael Chang, Grace Mah and Joseph Di Salvo.