After serving time in prison Deese, worked hard to support his mother and daughter, it was important to him that he be a provider and make up for lost time. He had no plans to run for office of any sort, he recalls only one thought, “Whatever it takes I am not going back to prison.” Becoming a Mayor was never on his list of things to accomplish. When asked how he became Mayor of Marshville, a sly laugh came out…he disclosed that he landed the job in an unusual way. “I never dreamt of being involved in politics, being a Mayor is not something I set out to do.” He was called upon to speak about his life and what he’d overcome with youth in his church, from there he became involved with the NAACP and black caucus. Through these affiliations he learned what the deficiencies were in his community and developed an interest in bringing forth positive change.
Deese is proud of the opportunities is has created for himself by following through with his philosophy of taking ownership. He says that prison is not a place it’s a frame of mind and we all possess the tools necessary to succeed however we need to free our minds. The first step Mayor Deese believes is to take responsibility for the decisions made yesterday as they are what create our current state