GET TO KNOW YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Seat Pleasant is governed by a Mayor and City Council who are elected by the people of the City. The Mayor and City Council acting together are the Governing Body. All Governing Body members serve four-year terms. The Governing Body, being the elected representative of the people, adopts all ordinances and resolutions and determines the general goals and policies. City Council meets on the Second Monday of every month at 7:00PM and 6:00PM on the First Monday via Zoom (due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Hon. Kelly Porter- At Large
Kelly Porter was born in Washington, DC and moved to New York at a young age where he attended the New York Public School System and graduated from State University New York, Binghamton with a Bachelor Science in Business Administration. While attending college, Mr. Porter worked and directed his own radio program within the Afro-Latin Department of WHRW-FM radio. Mr. Porter returned to the Washington Metropolitan Area to pursue a career related to his field of studies, during which time he performed with the District of Columbia Black Repertory Theatre for several years. He took on positions with IBM, Panasonic /Sharp, and Retail Sales and Management. Mr. Porter is the Owner of a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Franchise with locations in Washington, DC, and Maryland. In addition to owning his own business, he is currently employed with Giant Food Stores.
Mr. Porter is a licensed Real Estate Consultant in Maryland. He was elected to the City Council of Seat Pleasant in 1996 as Councilmember of Ward IV and elected as Councilmember-At-Large in September 2000, which is a seat he currently holds. Mr. Porter has resided in Seat Pleasant for over 20 years. Mr. Porter’s concern has always been for Seat Pleasants’ heightened positive awareness and prosperity within the State and the surrounding Metropolitan area. He advocates the policy of TEAM work (Together Each Achieves More). Mr. Porter has been affiliated with Local and National organizations since 1996 to current, such as National League of Cities, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, Sheriff Explorers Program, Economic Development/Advisory and Steering Committees (NLC), Maryland Board of Realtors, Legislative, Economic, Communication and State Board Committee (MML) Maryland Municipal League, Former Member of Prince Georges Chamber of Commerce, Local Government Advisory Committee for Chesapeake Bay, (Governors Appointment), Local 400 Union Sharp Steward, Board Member of Leadership Training Institute(NLC) and a member of Tri-Area Civic Association. Mr. Porter has notable sponsors and co-sponsors Achievement such as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Certificate of Leadership Institute (NLC), University of Maryland Academy of Excellence-Fellow (MML).
Hon. Shireka McCarthy-At Large
Shireka McCarthy was first elected on September 12, 2016, as Councilmember-At-Large becoming the youngest person elected to serve the City of Seat Pleasant. Ms. McCarthy was re-elected on September 14, 2020
Ms. McCarthy is a proud native of Prince George’s County Maryland and graduate of the public-school system. Ms. McCarthy attended Coppin State University where she received her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in 2012 and Howard University where she received her Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2015. Ms. McCarthy is a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW) in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Ms. McCarthy is proud to be a first-generation college student. Ms. McCarthy’s journey and education have taught her integrity and the importance of human relationships. The principles of the social work profession are precisely the foundation of her compassion, drive, and emphasis on change.
Ms. McCarthy is involved in several community and church organizations. Ms. McCarthy is the chair of the Governmental Affairs and Technology Committee and a committee member of the Economic, Planning, Development and Housing and Finance and Budget.
Hon. Monica Higgs
Councilmember Monica Higgs was elected to office September 14, 2020. Ms. Higgs is a second-generation Councilmember for Ward I, daughter of Former Councilmember Johnie Higgs, Sr. Ms. Higgs has been a resident of Seat Pleasant for 30 years. Ms. Higgs is a graduate of Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland where she excelled in her academics. She attended Bowie State University and Prince George’s Community College taking courses to further her career. Ms. Higgs continued her studies in early Childhood Education and Development, and has enjoyed a fruitful career in Financial Services Industry, later becoming a Full-Time independent contractor.
Ms. Higgs worked for the Maryland General Assembly-House of Delegates, Judiciary Committee. She is the proud owner and operator of Roots of Understanding Family Child Care Center. Councilmember Higgs believes that entrepreneurship is rewarding, and she feels empowered by giving back to the community while having the opportunity to assist parents in teaching the next generation.
Ms. Higgs volunteered as Team Mom for the Capitol Heights/Seat Pleasant Boys & Girls Club, Inc. (8U County Football Champions-Go Knights!) and Seat Pleasant Police Athletic League (PAL) Basketball Team. Ms. Higgs was President of the Seat Pleasant Elementary School Parent Teachers Association (PTA).
Councilmember Higgs is chair of the Human, Services, Health and Education committee and a committee member of Finance and Budget and Public Safety.
Hon. Hope Love
Councilmember Hope Love, Ward II, was appointed by the City Council on Monday, July 10, 2017 to fill the remaining term, and re-elected on September 14, 2020.
She is a native of Washington, DC, and moved to the City of Seat Pleasant, A Smart City of Excellent in 2002. She has developed a relationship with many of her neighbors; especially the senior citizens whom she affectionately refers to as the “rock” of the neighborhood.
Ms. Love learned early on the importance of work ethic and has mastered longevity in the workplace. She has over 45 years of experience, working for agencies such as the United States Postal Service, The Washington Post, and Amtrak. While at Amtrak, Hope works as a crew dispatcher. She believes her skills as communications personnel, responsible for transmitting pure and reliable messages, has prepared her to engage her residents in ways that have never been done before.
Ms. Love is an active member of the Way of the Cross Church, where she is the Former Director of the Gospel Chorus Choir, and Second Vice President of the Women’s Council. Ms. Love is a former member of the Seat Pleasant Citizens for Public Safety Advisor Council and has also served two terms as an elected board member of her union, as the Transportation Communication Union #570.
Councilmember Love is the former chair of the Governmental Affairs and Technology Committee. She is now the chair of the Environmental Justice Committee, a member of the Human Services, Health and Education Committee and the Governmental Affairs and Technology Committee.
Hon. Kizzie Scott
Kizzie Scott was elected on September 14, 2020 as Councilmember for Ward III. Ms. Kizzie Scott was born in Washington, DC, and moved to Prince George’s County, Maryland, in 1990. She graduated from Potomac High School in 1997. Kizzie Scott has been an active resident of Seat Pleasant for the last 13 years.
Kizzie Scott retired from Homeland Security as a Sergeant where she managed eighty-five (85) staff members. After retirement, Ms. Scott is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of K&D Cleaning Solutions Corporation.
Ms. Kizzie Scott is a strong supporter of the Smart City of Excellence and will continue to advocate and improve the community by making it a safe place to live, work and play. Ms. Scott was appointed the Chair of Public Safety, and a member of the Environmental Justice and Transportation, and the Economic, Planning Development and Housing Committee’s.
Ms. Scott believes in education and has made materials accessible to youth and adults by placing a bookcase outside of her residence. Ms. Scott volunteers to feed the homeless, serve the elderly, and devote time to assist children and young adults with special needs. Ms. Scott voluntarily cleans up the debris on her residential street and will be working on the restoring the Beautification Committee within the City of Seat Pleasant.
Kizzie Scott has strong family ties and is a mother of two sons, ages 17 and 9.
Hon. Gerald Raynor
Councilmember Raynor previously served as Councilmember on September 8, 2008 and was re-elected as Councilmember for Ward IV on September 14, 2020. Mr. Raynor has lived in the area for 52 years and has been a resident of Holly Park for 25 years. Mr. Raynor has five children and twelve grandchildren. Mr. Raynor attended Prince George’s Community College where he obtained an associate degree in Applied Science in Business Management and currently works for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Mailing and Reproduction Management Division. Mr. Raynor held the position of Lead Operator and within two years worked his way up to Project Supervisor. During that time, he successfully mastered the operation of the center and collaborated with other agencies to complete projects.
Mr. Raynor takes great pride in participating in a groundbreaking project with Blind Industries Services of Maryland to create the nation’s first blind operated copy center in Beltsville, MD in 1998. In addition to his accomplishment, Mr. Raynor has been active in the community where he served as a volunteer Assistant Coach for Cedar Heights Recreation Center’s peewee basketball and Peppermill Recreation Center flag football team since 2005.
Councilmember Raynor is the former Chair of the Economic Development, Public Safety and Civil Rights committees. He is now Chair of the Economic, Planning, Development and Housing Committee and a committee member of Governmental Affairs and technology and Environmental Justice and Transportation.
Hon. Gloria L. Sistrunk
Councilmember Gloria L. Sistrunk, Ward V, was elected to office September 12, 2016. Ms. Sistrunk is the daughter of Former Councilmember Virginius V. Williams a second-generation Councilmember for Ward V. Ms. Sistrunk has been a resident of Seat Pleasant for 53 years.
Ms. Sistrunk was born in Washington, D.C., at Walter Reed Medical Center to a military father the late Virginius Gene Williams and Jackie Williams.
Ms. Sistrunk retired from Amtrak (National Passenger Railroad Association) December, 2011 after 37 years. She worked her way from Receptionist to Senior Officer Equipment Scheduling through education, hard work, dedication and training.
Ms. Sistrunk has been involved in the community and politics since 1994 with CDCFC. Ms. Sistrunk was elected to fill the term of President in 1999 for the 7th Councilmanic District Constituent Fund Committee (CDCFC), where she remained the president for twelve (12) years. Ms. Sistrunk serves as a Volunteer Assistant, Administration Office, St. Stephen Baptist Church, Temple Hills, MD 20748. Ms. Sistrunk is involved in a number of other community service organizations. She is a current member of Seat Pleasant Citizens for Public Safety Advisory Council (CPAC). Councilwoman Sistrunk is the chair of Governmental Affairs and Technology and a committee member of Public Safety, Economic Development, Planning and Housing.