Candidate Mark Shelley with his family

About Me

I grew up in Hamlet, North Carolina where my father was a conductor with the Seaboard Railroad.  My mother was a stay-at-home mom until later in life when she became a teacher’s assistant at the elementary school where I went.

I went to Davidson College and studied economics, later going to law school at Wake Forest and the University of Florida.

I married my childhood sweetheart, Virginia James, and we have two grown children.  I am a tax lawyer by training and have a law practice in Concord where I focus on estates, trusts, and business law.

Virginia and I have always been active in church and civic affairs.  This is a partial listing of my involvement:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Cabarrus County Arts Council
  • Cabarrus County Community Foundation (President)
  • Cannon Memorial YMCA Treasurer
  • Cancer Society Board
  • Casual Classics Concert Series, President
  • Charlotte Symphony Chorus
  • Community Concerts Association President
  • Elder, First Presbyterian Church
  • FPC Sanctuary Choir
  • FPC Foundation Board
  • Gaston County Arts Council
  • NorthEast Medical Center Foundation Advisors
  • Rotary Club
  • Western Piedmont Estate Planning Council (President)

We moved to Concord in 1999 so I could start a law practice here.  The timing was right and with a lot of help from above my practice has flourished.  I worked in big corporations and law firms before moving here and that experience has been valuable, but actually developing personal relationships with clients to assist in their wealth transfers has been more satisfying.


Interest in Taxation

I am a tax lawyer by training and my practice involves tax law, but I also have an interest in tax policy stemming from my study of economics at Davidson College.  I believe I can help reverse the course of tax policy in North Carolina that has favored the ultra-wealthy and billion-dollar corporations at the expense of working families.  We have over-burdened the underprivileged in our state and public decency demands better from us.  All persons, including billion-dollar corporations, have to bear a fair share of the tax burdens of this state.