Praise be to Kathleen King, who, if anything, knows how to make a story come full circle. She’s currently bundling money to unseat north county Supervisor Joe Simitian and she has no less than two open campaign committees. When we last checked in with King, CEO of the Healthier Kids Foundation, her nonprofit was standing in the front of the line with its hand out to receive surplus Measure A money from the county. It seemed like little coincidence, considering King ran the campaign to tax the county’s consumers an extra half-billion dollars over the next decade via a low turnout 2012 ballot. She had plenty of help on that campaign from Cindy Chavez, who then headed the South Bay Labor Council but months later snagged the county supervisor seat feloniously vacated by George Shirakawa Jr. Less than a year after taking office, Chavez and the county Board of Supervisors gifted King’s foundation $1.1 million over the course of two years. It smelled like a kickback then, but now it doubles as a launchpad to return King to elective office. A former Saratoga mayor, King has scrapped and clawed to remain relevant by keeping her organization—and salary—on the taxpayer dole. Her nonprofit, the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, was forced to rebrand after its ostensible mission to provide health coverage to low-income families was rendered redundant by public insurance programs. Email records obtained by San Jose Inside through a court order in early 2013 showed King and others ignored IRS rules on nonprofits by using their resources for political purposes. The reinvented Healthier Kids Foundation has kept her in the public sphere. County insiders were caught off guard to learn King had already created her 2016 campaign committee prior to asking the county for nearly $6 million over 10 years to repurpose her organization. The biggest beneficiary of King’s campaign is bff Chavez, who would consolidate power on the board with a King victory, or at least punish occasional thorn in her side Simitian by making him spend money to defend his seat.