Brian Pinkston

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Brian Pinkston
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Democratic Party
Candidate, 2021
Party Democrat

Biographical Information

Place of birth Albany, Georgia [1]
Spouse Leslie
Children 2
Residence Locust Grove neighborhood
Alma mater Georgia Tech, degree in mechanical engineering, 1994

Biola University, Los Angeles Master's Degree, 2004
University of Virginia, PhD in Philosophy, 2012

Profession Project Manager
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

Brian Pinkston is a University of Virginia employee. He was elected to Charlottesville City Council on November 2, 2021. [2] [3] [4]

Pinkston was elected as Vice Mayor on January 2, 2024. [5]

Charlottesville City Council (2022-2023)

Committee assignments

Pinkston was assigned to the following committees:[6]

  • Retirement Commission
  • School Capital Projects
  • Darden Towe Park
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Regional Transportation Partnership
  • Rivanna Solid Waste Authority
  • Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority

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Pinkston is a project manager at the University of Virginia. His job title is Associate Director for Planning, Project Services, and Facilities Management. [7]

He grew up in Georgia and graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1994. He received a master’s degree from Biola University in Los Angeles in 2004 and completed a doctorate in philosophy at UVa in 2012. He formerly served as chair of the board of directors of the Region Ten Community Services Board.

2021 election

Pinkston announced his candidacy on February 3, 2021.[8] Pinkston ran for one of three open seats on the council in 2019 but did not secure enough votes during the Democratic primary to make the ballot. This time around, he said he is confident that his varied skills and previous experience running for office will propel him to the ballot.

2021 election results

Candidates Votes %
Juandiego Wade (D) 11,730 42.51
Brian Pinkston (D) 10,161 36.82
Yasmine Washington (I) 3,482 12.62
Nikuyah Walker (I) 1,928 6.99
Write-In 292 1.06
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections[9]

Voters could cast two votes, one for each of the two seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%. Walker withdrew from the race but was still listed on the ballot

Pinkston made his formal announcement on February 6, 2019 at the Haven. [10] He placed fourth in the five-way race. Pinkston's slogan is "A Voice for the Common Good." [11]

At a campaign forum on February 23 sponsored by LauraPAC, Pinkston suggested his work as a project manager would help him find solutions. [12]

2019 Primary results

Pinkston was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Charlottesville City Council in the June 11, 2019 primary. [13]

Candidates Votes %
Michael Payne (D) 3,657 24.98
Lloyd Snook (D) 3,501 23.91
Sena Magill (D) 3,183 21.74
Brian Pinkston (D) 3,073 20.99
Bob Fenwick (D) 1,277 8.38
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections[14]

  • Voters could select up to three candidate


  1. Web. Pinkston: Affordable housing a top issue, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, June 6, 2019, retrieved June 9, 2019.
  2. Web. Pinkston and Wade to fill city council seats, Macy Moors, News Article, CBS19 News, November 3, 2021, retrieved November 17, 2021.
  3. Web. ELECTION RESULTS: Wade, Pinkston win Charlottesville City Council, Paige keeps Albemarle County School Board seat, Charlotte Rene Woods & Jessie Higgins, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 2, 2021, retrieved November 17, 2021.
  4. Web. Wade and Pinkston win City Council seats, WINA Staff, News Article, Newsradio 1070 WINA, retrieved November 17, 2021.
  5. Web. Juandiego Wade named mayor of Charlottesville, Jason Armesto, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 2, 2024, retrieved January 3, 2024.
  6. Web. Agendas & Minutes City Council Meeting, City of Charlottesville, January 05, 2022, retrieved May 2, 2023.
  7. Web. Democrat Brian Pinkston Joins City Council Race, News Article, WVIR NBC29, January 22, 2019, retrieved January 24, 2019.
  8. Web. Project manager Pinkston announces bid for City Council, Tyler Hammel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, Feb 7, 2021, retrieved Feb 9, 2021.
  9. Web. [ 2021 November General Results - Albemarle County], Virginia Department of Elections, November 17, 2021, retrieved November 17, 2021.
  10. Web. Brian Pinkston Launches Campaign for Charlottesville City Council, Annie Schroeder, News Article, WVIR NBC29, February 6, 2019, retrieved February 6, 2019.
  11. Web. Brian Pinkston joins three other Democratic candidates contending for City Council, Elizabeth Robinson, News Article, Cavalier Daily, February 17, 2019, retrieved February 28, 2019.
  12. Web. Five Democratic council candidates make their cases at forum, Tyler Hammel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 23, 2019, retrieved February 24, 2019.
  13. Web. Three more candidates plan council campaigns, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 10, 2019, retrieved January 14, 2019.
  14. Web. 2019 June Primary Results - Charlottesville, State Board of Elections, June 11, 2019, retrieved June 12, 2019.

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