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James “Smuggie” Mitchell is a 3rd generation native Charlottean and proud graduate of West Charlotte High School. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems from North Carolina Central University. James has spent nearly two decades serving the citizens of Charlotte where he has been a strong advocate for public-private partnerships.

He was instrumental in acquiring funding for upgrades to the Carolina Panthers stadium, securing funds for and relocating the new minor league Charlotte Knights’ BB&T baseball stadium, and obtaining rezoning to build Northlake Mall.

He also championed the Charlotte Inclusion program, which will increase competition in city contracting and procurement opportunities for Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprises (MWSBEs).

James’s accomplishment echo across the city of Charlotte including the naming of Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, bringing the CIAA basketball tournament to Charlotte, sourcing funds to build the Metro Police Station, and being an advocate for after-school programs among others.


  • Creating Jobs

    Councilman Mitchell believes that putting people back to work begins with breaking down the barriers to employment many in our city face. This includes creating workforce development programs to ensure that everyone who wants to work is able to work.

  • Building our Small Business Community

    Councilman Mitchell is a strong supporter of Charlotte’s ever growing small business community. He led the charge on the the Charlotte Inclusion program, which increased competition in city contracting and procurement opportunities for Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprises. He will always be an advocate for local companies as they continue to make their mark in the community and beyond.

  • Public Private Partnership

    Councilman Mitchell is a champion of economic development. He leads the city’s economic development committee and believes that a partnership between the public and private sector is instrumental for a robust economy. Councilman Mitchell has been instrumental in securing funding for renovations to Bank of America Stadium and the Charlotte Knights Uptown ball park.