She may be a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom, but Kimberly Mallinson’s passion for politics and government are full throttle.
“I believe in what I am doing and what I’m about,” she said.
After two unsuccessful attempts in running for a seat on Peculiar’s Board of Alderman in recent years, Mallinson is hoping her third attempt to be elected to a public office will be the charm.
“I’ve always been interested in what’s going on, but I don’t always agree with the direction on some of the things the city has done,” she said. “I decided I wanted to run for mayor because you can have a greater influence and an agenda. I want to try to make a little more of a difference.”
Among her top priorities, if elected, include making it easier for new businesses to open in Peculiar and meeting concerns among residents, Mallinson said.
“Peculiar needs to make the process for getting a business started more streamlined and make the information that a potential business needs more easily accessible,” she said. “If we want to bring new business here then we need be on the same level as the surrounding cities who are managing to attract businesses.”
Mallinson currently sits on the city’s planning and zoning board, and recently helped the board draw up a matrix for business development over the last year.
“It’s a very difficult process to get businesses in Peculiar,” Mallinson said. “Even though somebody went and bought a property, it didn’t mean they could get approved to build a business.”
Mallinson grew up in Harrisonville and moved to Peculiar with her husband in 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and has minors in criminal justice and criminology.
After college, she originally wanted to pursue law school, but shortly after receiving her undergraduate degree, Mallinson got married and had a baby.
“I just didn’t want to put 60 hours a week into it and devote that much attention away from home,” she said.
Now that her daughter is in kindergarten at Peculiar Elementary, Mallinson has stepped into several other volunteer roles in the community, by being active with the school’s PTA, and also is a local Girl Scout leader.
“I think it’s important for parents to be involved in their schools and know what’s going on with their kids,” she said. “When I go and help out with the events, the kids are extremely happy and thankful to see the parents involved.”
Mallinson enjoys helping out at the book fairs and academic celebrations.
“It’s a great way (to be involved),” she said.