James "Smuggie" Mitchell
James Mitchell Jr., a Democrat, is serving his second term as an at-large council member. He previously served from 1999 to 2013 as the district 2 council member.
Mitchell graduated from the following leadership programs: Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL), Leadership Charlotte and Focus on Leadership.
In 2011, Mitchell served as the president of the National League of Cities, only the second elected official from North Carolina to serve as the president in the organization's 92 years. He was also the recipient of the Democratic Municipal Official (DMO) of the Year award.
A Charlotte native, Mitchell is a graduate of West Charlotte High School. He received his B.B.A. in Information Systems from North Carolina Central University where he pledged the Tau Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Mitchell currently serves as Senior Business Development Manager at JE Dunn Construction Company.
He is married to former NASA astronaut Joan Higginbotham and is the proud father of his two blessings Kayla and Nicole. They are members of C.N. Jenkins Presbyterian Church.
COUNCILMAN MITCHELL'S PLATFORM
- Addressing Upward Mobility challenges
- Advocating for workforce development
- Implementing training for those with multiple employment barriers
- Implementing crime watch programs in neighborhoods
- Educating citizens on when to call 911
- Advocating for Implicit Bias & Diversity Training for police officers
- Voted in favor of $50 million bond for Affordable Housing - increase from $15 million
- Coordinated the development of Little Rock’s Community Development Corp senior housing project
Serving the community with passion