Cynthia P. Caster
On December 1, the day after the deadline for mayoral petitions, twenty candidates were listed, with eleven contested. But once the cock crew, one earnest first-time pol, Cynthia P. Caster of the Hard Party, didn’t get enough signatures. “I sense smallness,” as Ms. Plaster Caster, nee Albritton, has been known to observe. While unlikely to pull off a Lisa Murkowski and make an Alaska-sized victory with her write-in run, she’s still ready to go the length. “Yes, I am disappointed not to be on the ballot,” the “recovering groupie” writes on her ChicagoForCynthia.com blog. “But the time for change is now, imperative we go from soft to hard when it comes to our great city.” While her candidacy sounded satirical from the get-go, her suggestions are both un-P.C. and working-class. At the very least, her site’s more twenty-first century than most of her rivals, plugged into Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, blogging, word cloud—a veritable engorgement of social media.
Best of Chicago 2010