Meet the Council

​James Mitchell Jr., at-large representative

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 East Stonewall AME Zion church.

Councilmember Mitchell was involved in the following Charlotte community leadership organizations prior to serving on the City Council:

  • Focus on Leadership, president

  • Save-the-Seed mentoring organization, president

  • Black Data Processing Association, president

  • Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County, president

  • Black Political Caucus, vice president​

​​Greg Phipps town hall meeting

At-Large James Mitchell Jr.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 E. Fourth St., room 267
Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Developers, small business owners and residents are invited to join Council Member James Mitchell and economic development leaders for a panel discussion and comprehensive update on Charlotte’s economy. Learn more about how you and your community fit into Charlotte’s economic boom and what you can do to take your business to the next level.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Alban Burney at 704-336-4947 or​​

James Mitchell Jr.
Council member at large
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202


James Mitchell participates in the following mayor-appointed council committees: