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Powell, left, and Buckley / June 03, 2019
Halifax County will have at least two competitive races for constitutional office in the fall: for Sheriff and Commissioner of Revenue.

The sheriff’s contest was set months ago when challenger John Tanner and incumbent Sheriff Fred Clark each announced their candidacies. The race for Commissioner of Revenue became official this week when Ken Buckley, a real estate agent with Long & Foster in South Boston, was certified to have his name placed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Also on the fall ballot for Commissioner of Revenue is the incumbent, Brenda Powell, who will be seeking a third term in office.

With a little more than a week to go before the June 11 filing deadline, there are candidates who have either officially qualified or expressed an interest in running for all seats on the Board of Supervisors or School Board where terms are expiring: in ED-1, ED-4, ED-5, ED-7 and ED-8.

However, up to this point, there are only two races where more than one candidate is certified for the ballot:

» ED-1 School Board, where incumbent Orey Hill and challenger Kathy Fraley are running;

» ED-7 School Board, where Vince Newton and Keith McDowell have filed for the seat now held by trustee Monty Lowery, who has not indicated whether he will seek a new term.

In addition, two candidates have declared their intent to run for School Board in ED-4 — board chairman Joe Gasperini and challenger Jay Camp — but neither has completed the candidate filing process, which requires 100 petition signatures. Also, in ED-5, Jimmy Wade has gotten his name officially placed on the ballot for Board of Supervisors, while Robert Smart, who expressed an interest in running, has not completed the filing process.

This week, a third candidate also qualified to run for three seats on the Soil and Water Conservation District board: Blair Waller Hall joins Larry Layman and Bruce Pearce as announced candidates.

The candidate filing deadline is Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m.

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Mr. Buckley is running for office but has an INCORRECT realty ad online currently, he is marketing a store across from the new Cluster Springs Elementary School listing it as being zoned Commercial. There IS no "Commercial" zoning classification in Halifax County Code, only B-1 or B-2, Business zones, however the store is clearly ZONED A-1, Agricultural. The use as a store itself is commercial in nature, but it is clearly non-conforming aka grandfathered and should be properly disclosed as such. If he doesn't do his due diligence checks in his work as a realtor, I have little faith that he would best serve the taxpayers of Halifax County.


Do not elect Ken Buckley to public office. In my dealing with him in real estate he is like having a Fox in the henhouse. He was pursued by people to do unethical business practice in real estate. It’s all about him. Do your homework and vote for someone else.

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