City Council Member from Charlotte, NC and Immediate Past-President of the National League of Cities
As Democratic leaders across the country pack our bags to head to Charlotte, NC for the Democratic National Convention, the DMO leadership does so with very special place in our hearts for Charlotte. And we name our DMO of the Month from Charlotte.
Our beloved and late Chair Emeritus, Susan Burgess served as Mayor Pro-Tem and City Council Member in Charlotte until her passing in 2010. She was instrumental in bringing the Convention to Charlotte, and the City of Charlotte is honoring her today. DMO will honor her at our reception on Wednesday with our Susan Burgess Memorial Award for a DMO committed to improving public education. Mayor Chris Coleman (St. Paul) was our 2011 honoree. Come meet our 2012 honoree, and say hello to Susan's family who will join us as our special guests.
DMO thanks our 2012 Convention event sponsors, Hudson News, the National Association of Broadcasters, and Harris & Harris.
With Charlotte on our mind, and in our hearts, it is only fitting that we bestow our DMO of the Month Award on a well-deserving member of the Charlotte City Council, and the Immediate Past-President of the National League of Cities, our own James Mitchell, Jr.
James Mitchell, Jr., in addition to serving as NLC Past-President, is the former chairman of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Foundation, former president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), a board member of the NLC Leadership Training Council, NLC Institute of Youth, Education, and Family. He is the past president of the North Carolina Black Elected Municipals Officials (NCBEMO) and served on the board of the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM).
James is a compassionate leader in his community and is a strong national leader. He exemplifies what we look for in DMO leaders. Municipal leaders across this country are helping to move Democratic priorities at the local level, they are insisting that local concerns be heard and acted upon at the national level, and they are serving their communities every single day.
Read more about our friend James Mitchell, Jr., and then come celebrate with us in James' and Susan's beautiful City of Charlotte, NC (or cheer us on from your television set) as Democrats unite, organize, and recharge for the work ahead. Together, with the spirit of Charlotte behind us, we will ensure Democratic victories across the country and we, as DMOs, will be the force that ensures those victories.