J. Earl Barnett

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J. Earl Barnett was a challenger in the 1962 Democratic primary for Charlottesville City Council. At the time he was a 36-year old city native making his first run for office. He told WINA in a March 28 broadcast that he felt Council did not listen to citizens and that an African-American should be appointed to the Charlottesville School Board. [1]

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Barnett was a general contractor who graduated from Lane High School and the University of Virginia. He was a member and president of the Falcon Club.


In his interview on WINA, Barnett said he ran because there was no opposition. A Baptist, he said he was opposed to allowing restaurants to sell liquor by the drink. He also said he was not in favor of extending Grady Avenue to Emmett Street. He also said he was in favor of fluoridation of the city's water supply.


  1. Web. Barnett Attacks Council 'Attitude', Ruth Lane, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, March 29, 1962, retrieved June 10, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. March 29, 1962 page 25.

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