Monroe city councilman won't seek reelection in 2020
Monroe city councilman Kenneth Wilson announced on Saturday he will not seek reelection in the spring. Wilson has held the district four seat for eight years but says he will turn his focus to his nonprofit organization.
"Thank you to the citizens of district four. I want to say thanks to the citizens of Ouachita Parish and also to the city of Monroe for all their support since 2004," Wilson says.
As he shifts his focus, Wilson says he will be able to do more with his organization he started 20 years ago. Its purpose is in the name. "Positive Enterprise for Empowering the People. Bringing light to dark places. That's our motto. Bringing light to dark places."
"I’ve taken eight years away from it, focusing on the city council. But, this is certainly where I started at by serving the people and serving the community here. So, I want to put more effort back into this."
Wilson plans on putting more effort into events like the one PEEP held Saturday. The organization gave out 80 turkeys along with bags of trimmings for people in need.
"Twenty years ago, I met a gentleman on Desiard Street. He said, 'Can you get me a bottle of water?’ I went and got him a case of water. But going forward, God said we need to start serving,” Wilson remembers.
“So, I started at my house. So, me and my kids started bagging groceries up and we loaded the back of my truck up. We started going house to house, taking it to the citizens."
Twenty years later, PEEP is continuing to bring light throughout northeast Louisiana. "We hope that people would come back and give back to the organization, so that we can be able to give more. We just don't serve the city of Monroe. We serve Ouachita Parish, Rayville, Delhi, Tallulah."
Saturday’s giveaway is just another example of what Wilson hopes to continue going forward. "If you have a desire to do something, don't hesitate. Continue to give back to the community, and you will receive a great reward."
Wilson says he doesn't plan on endorsing anyone to replace him for city council, but he trusts the people in district four to make the right decision. His term ends in July.
PEEP will have another giveaway similar to Saturday’s on December 21.