J. Earl Barnett

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J. Earl Barnett was a challenger in the Democratic Primary in the 1962 election for Charlottesville City Council. At the time he was a 36-year old city native making his first run for office.

Barnett 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.

1962 election

In an 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]

Candidates Votes %
Louis L. Scribner (D) 1,851
J. Robert Ponton (D) 1,539
Fred W. Early (R) 1,141
Source: City of Charlottesville [2] [3]

Each voter could vote for up to two candidates in the 1962 election.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Barnett Attacks Council 'Attitude', Ruth Lane, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, March 29, 1962, retrieved September 3, 2022 from University of Virginia Library. Print. March 29, 1962 page 25.
  2. Web. Election Results for June 12, 1962, City of Charlottesville, retrieved September 3, 2022.
  3. Web. Bond Issue is Approved; Scribner and Ponton win, Ruth Lane, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, June 13, 1962, retrieved September 3, 2022. Print. June 13, 1962 page 1.

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