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Running for public office has been "the most humbling experience of my life," writes Debra Shore, candidate for commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, in a recent e-mail. (Chris Hayes' profile of Shore ran in the Reader October 28, 2005.)
"I was passing out campaign literature at the Glenview Metra station . . . I was reminded of the many mornings I spent in January, February, and March handing out literature and introducing myself to people at train stations prior to the primary. Sometimes I was so cold that I literally could no longer say my name. . . .
"I was also reminded of Dumpster diving -- the effort by candidates to retrieve perfectly good (and costly) campaign lit that was tossed, mere seconds after being handed out, into the nearest garbage can or el platform. Once people board the train, you grab whatever lit lies on the top of the trash pile. At least the frugal candidates do."