Kelvin Pless Defeats Shirley Green-Reese

Kelvin Pless

Kelvin Pless
Newly elected Americus District 5 City Councilman

Shirley Green-Reese

Shirley Green-Reese
Defeated incumbent

In a hard fought campaign to elect the councilperson for the 5th District, Kelvin Pless was victorious. He was able to capture 197 votes (66 %) to her 102 votes (34%). The incumbent, Shirley Reese was soundly defeated by Pless.

Reese has served a very controversial term. She and the White councilpersons voted to stop citizens from addressing the City Council monthly meetings. That action led to a lawsuit filed by Reverend Matt Wright, Craig Walker, and Nathan Pool.

Reverend Wright said the citizens of Americus should be able to speak to their city representatives without unlawful interference.

Kelvin Pless served on the Sumter County School Board until the majority Black districts were changed to majority White districts. The change was created by former Representative Michael Cheokas and State Senator Freddie Powell Sims. The Sumter County Districts have been changed back to seven districts as ordered by the Federal Court in Albany, GA. on October 26, 2017.

We asked Councilman-elect Pless for a comment and he said, “First, I thank God and the voters of District 5 for choosing me as their representative on the Americus City Council. I am humbled and will accept this opportunity with great humility. As promised, I will serve the great citizens of District 5 and Americus with integrity and loyalty. I acknowledge and applaud Dr. Shirley Green Reese in her effort and passion to continue to serve the citizens. I will stand on my slogan, Your Town-Our Town-Americus Come Alive! It will take all of us to bring life to the things we desire for the improvements and greatness of our city. I will share the words of a great President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.” In our case, ask what you can do for our City. Let us bring our gifts and visions together without complaints to enhance our City in every capacity.

We were unable to reach Shirley Reese for comment.