By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Standing on the steps of Tupelo City Hall on Thursday, Democratic mayoral candidate Jason Shelton announced details of his campaign platform.
Shelton released three pages of information outlining his support for issues in the city including keeping taxes low, looking at public transportation, continuing to redevelop neighborhoods and economic development.
He said he supports keeping taxes low, limited spending and making sure the city’s regulations don’t convince people to move elsewhere.
“We need a fiscally conservative approach to spending,” Shelton’s platform states, “and we need to be careful that our zoning and building codes don’t discourage homeowner and businesses from locating in Tupelo.”
Shelton, an attorney, will face Republican Fred Pitts, a longtime business owner and current Ward 2 councilman. Mayor Jack Reed Jr. did not seek a second term.
In Shelton’s platform, he says he will keep task forces created by Reed that focus on health, education, jobs and neighborhoods and also create a fifth task force – accountability.
“We will demand accountability from the leaders we put in place managing the city,” Shelton’s platform states. “The Accountability Task Force will establish specific and measurable indicators for each priority and annually calculate and report progress made toward attaining each goal.”
Shelton discussed urban renewal, public schools and safety, openness in government, private-public partnerships, leadership and new energy.
Until Shelton’s platform announcement, neither mayoral candidate had formally listed stances on city issues. Shelton also posted the information on his website, www.jasonfortupelo.com.
While Pitts’ website doesn’t have similar information on his website, he said his method of speaking directly to voters is effective.
“I’m going to get my message out on a one-to-one basis,” he said.
Click here for PDF of the plan.