By Gilbert Garcia – Express-News
At the 2008 King William Fair, Kat Swift was easy to spot.
Amidst the parade marchers, the food vendors, and the Fiesta revelers who flooded the streets, Swift was the lone person with blond cornrows wearing a Wonder Woman costume and carrying a clipboard.
Swift, 37, the San Antonio-based state coordinator for the Green Party of Texas, showed up at the fair to gather signatures for the party’s drive to get on the Texas election ballot.
The soft-spoken Swift readily acknowledges that her costume choice that day was a gimmick geared to lighten the inherent awkwardness of approaching total strangers and asking them to sign a piece of paper on behalf of a fringe political movement.
But on a deeper level, Swift was also summoning some superhero mojo for a task that she and many other independent political activists in Texas consider to be a Herculean undertaking.