There’s blood in the water, and the number of political sharks circling Supervisor George Shirakawa‘s not yet vacant seems to be growing. Top on the list of candidates to replace Shirakawa—who may have to resign and/or face criminal charges for his flagrant misuse of taxpayer money for personal vacations, dinners and golf outings—appears to be Teresa Alvarado, a popular communications manager for the Santa Clara Valley Water District and daughter of former supe Blanca Alvarado. But a number of others could also take a run at the seat. Among the possibles are San Jose councilmembers Sam Liccardo and Madison Nguyen, who both have their eye on a 2014 mayoral run, and Xavier Campos, a frequent Shirakawa dining companion and principal beneficiary of the supe’s spendy ways. Scandal seems to follow Campos around. He never seems to notice when his associates are charging personal expenses to all of us or diverting teachers’ pension funds, as happened when he was COO of MACSA. It seems Assemblywoman Nora Campos’ baby bro may have to stay in his room this time. Darcie Green, recently installed on the county education board, has also trained her eye on Shirakawa’s seat on the way to succeeding Nora, but timing’s poor. It seems one likely nominee—along with Alvarado—to replace Shirakawa could be Cindy Chavez, headmistress of the South Bay Labor Council. If a vacancy occurs on the county’s Board of Supervisors, the leftover cast of four must appoint someone or call for an election within 45 days. Current supervisors Dave Cortese and Ken Yeager, both laboristas, could help her cause. If supervisors fail to act or call for an election within 45 days of a vacancy, however, Gov. Jerry Brown must step in and appoint a new supe. A deadlocked four-member board could increase odds for a Chavez appointment by Brown, who owes labor some love after Prop. 30’s passage.