By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Attorney Jason Shelton formally entered the race for Tupelo mayor Monday.
The 36-year-old Tupelo native hopes to succeed Mayor Jack Reed Jr., who is not seeking a second term, and said he wants to build on the momentum the city has generated over the past several years.
“Tupelo remains a place of great people, tremendous resources, and unlimited opportunity,” Shelton said in announcing his candidacy. “I am passionate about Tupelo and ready to build upon our past success with a new round of energetic leadership in City Hall.”
He will run as a Democrat.
As the race currently stands, Shelton will meet City Council President Fred Pitts, a Republican who currently represents Ward 2, in the June 4 general election.
So far, neither candidate has any competition in the party primary election set for May 7.
Shelton has practiced law for 13 years in Tupelo. In addition to his general law practice, he’s been active in civic and philanthropic activities and has served as a member of the Tupelo Quality of Life Committee for the past four years.
“I think young working families have to be our focus for the future,” Shelton said. “We need to make Tupelo too good to leave.”
The deadline to qualify to run for mayor or city council is 5 p.m. Friday.
Based on the current qualifiers, all of the City Council elections will be decided in the primaries. Only Ward 7 councilman Willie Jennings remains unopposed.