Alec Barnett, Jr. is a committed public servant who wears many hats in our community. He’s known throughout the county for finding ways to make a positive difference, particularly in the lives of young people. He has been Baldwin County’s NAACP President for the past nine years, he is the Environmental Chair of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, is the Chair of the Baldwin County chapter of the Alabama Democratic Conference, and is the Alabama Democratic Party’s State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) representative for House District 94. Alec volunteers for all these positions, though he is paid by God’s blessings every morning with a new day and by His amazing grace and mercy.
Alec is a lifelong citizen of Baldwin County – born, raised, and educated in Foley, Alabama. His education began during segregation at the Foley Aaronville School, known as the home of the Yellow Jackets, and he later integrated into Foley Public Schools. Alec graduated from Foley High School in 1977 and is the youngest of ten children born to the late Alex D. Barnett and Lula D. Pettibone.
At a young age, Alec began working with his mother in the RC Craft gladiolus flower fields. In his early teens, he worked after school and on weekends picking pecans and watermelons, pitching hay, and digging potatoes. At 16, Alec started working at the State Park in Gulf Shores, followed by a 10-year career in carpet cleaning with King Carpet Care. Alec became a professional painter before an auto accident in October 1996 left him seriously injured and disabled. In chronic pain but undeterred, Alec started Barnett Carpet Care in 1998 and worked his craft for another eight years.
Alec has been happily married to his wonderful wife Elva Cabarrubia Barnett for the past 34 years. They have a 21-year-old son, Roscoe, who attends college in Tampa, FL. The Barnetts are members of the Southside Missionary Baptist Church, where Alec has been a member since childhood. He holds several positions at Southside, including trustee, trustee chairperson, member of the male chorus, and deacon.
Alec was recently honored with two prestigious awards. In January 2022, he was presented with the Baldwin County Citizen of the Year by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. On March 4, 2022, Alec was named the NAACP Humanitarian of the Year by the Alabama NAACP State Conference.