BOLINGBROOK, IL — Elnalyn Costa announced her candidacy for Bolingbrook Village Clerk in the upcoming municipal election scheduled for April 6 next year.
“I will be an influential voice in the ears of our decision-makers, a community
stakeholder responsible for record keeping and providing information to be used by our residents to make informed decisions and find resources within the community,” Costa said in a video announcement recorded from her home office and shared on social media.
Costa said she plans to spend the next two months supporting Get Out The Vote efforts for the
November 2020 General Elections, while finding creative and safe ways to meet with Bolingbrook residents to hear their concerns and ideas for village improvements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In her announcement, she named the current societal challenges and political polarization facing the nation: a health pandemic, economic crisis and racial injustice. These issues are what drove her to run for a seat in local government, to be part of the solution and reimagining of community structures needing change.
“Our society is shifting and changing, norms are being challenged and old systems that aren’t working any longer are being confronted by the People. Representation matters.”
Her announcement comes as three decades of village control is turning over — making way for emergent leadership with fresh energy, new perspectives, and diversity in thought and experience needed to shape the future of Bolingbrook.
The village clerk is the keeper of the public record. In most other municipalities the clerk is also the local election authority, but not in Bolingbrook. The responsibilities of the clerk’s office in
Bolingbrook has been curtailed over the years, Costa said.
As a community and governmental stakeholder, Costa said she will fully evaluate the existing responsibilities and processes of the office while ensuring decisions made by the elected board are delivered with transparency and information available to residents are clear and useful.
She stands ready to both support and challenge the elected trustees and mayor to make responsible decisions for the community. Costa is eager to apply her executive leadership skills and professional experience working with trustees to serve the community as Bolingbrook’s next village clerk.
A union health and welfare, and pension fund administrator by profession, this is Costa’s first run for public office. She is running to put people over politics and build community empowerment, not a political career, she said.
Costa has lived in Bolingbrook for 14 years, raising three children with her husband and with her mother in their household. The Costa family is “rooted in this community and
believe(s) that Bolingbrook truly is a place to grow,” she said.