Shelton’s swearing-in to emphasize his roots

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By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mayor-elect Jason Shelton will emphasize his east Tupelo roots and the city’s top tourist attraction during his July 1 swearing-in.
The ceremony will be at Lawhon Elementary School and a reception afterward at Elvis Presley’s birthplace.
Shelton, 37, a Democrat and attorney, was elected June 4 to succeed Mayor Jack Reed Jr., who did not seek re-election.
The new mayor will be the first from east Tupelo since the area became a part of the city in the late 1940s. Presley was born in east Tupelo in 1935 when it was a separate municipality.
Preparations and planning for the event will continue for the next two weeks. The July 1 swearing-in will be at 5:30 p.m. at Lawhon, then will move to the Elvis Presley birthplace, 306 Elvis Presley Drive.
Along with the mayor, City Council members who will serve the next four-year term will also be sworn in during the event.
The location has special significance for Shelton, who emphasized his east Tupelo roots during his campaign for mayor.
“The swearing-in ceremony says a lot about who you are and where you come from,” he said. “Among the things I’m most proud of, being the first mayor in our city’s history from east Tupelo is right at the top.”
Both Elvis and Shelton attended Lawhon School.
“The only thing I have in common with Elvis is our first performance was on the same stage,” Shelton said.
robbie.ward@journalinc.com

The Events
• Monday, July 1

• Swearing-in, 5:30 p.m., Lawhon Elementary School

• Reception immediately following, Elvis Presley Birthplace