ST. CHARLES – The candidate for 5th Ward alderman who lost the 2011 election by two votes has announced she is running for St. Charles City Council again.
Kim Malay said it was an easy decision.
"I feel very strongly about the platform I'm running on, and I have a very good working relationship with a lot of the council members," she said. "I feel pretty strongly we can do some good."
Malay was one of three candidates who in 2011 sought to carry out a partial term for the 5th Ward. She lost to Maureen Lewis, who has said she plans on running for her first full term in spring.
If elected, Malay said she will advocate for a transparent and open government and a stronger ethics ordinance.
"My main concern is I want to see our town shine," she said.
With 23 years of government employment – including nearly 15 years in St. Charles' Community Development Department – Malay said she knows residents often don't understand government's limitations, its processes and its procedures.
"I definitely feel very strongly there needs to be better communication with the residents," Malay said.
She's been trying to change that. She formed the Near West Neighborhood Association to help residents address their concerns about ShoDeen's proposed project for the old St. Charles mall site. Through that group, she said, she has informed members of key issues discussed at City Hall. She also has helped other neighborhoods get their voices heard.
"Residents are our boss," Malay said of elected officials. "[Aldermen] should be listening to what the people want."
Malay also has participated in and held office for organizations such as the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles and Farnsworth Mansion Foundation.
She and her family have lived in St. Charles for 11 years.