Real estate agent Ken Buckley announced on Thursday his decision to withdraw from the race for county commissioner of revenue.
He previously had qualified for the ballot challenging incumbent commissioner Brenda P. Powell, who has been serving in the commissioner of the revenue’s office for 46 years.
Buckley said Thursday he decided to pull out of the race for personal reasons.
“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to withdraw my name from the ballot for the election on Nov. 5. I want to continue to focus my efforts on my real estate career here in Halifax County. I also wanted to thank all of those who did show their support,” Buckley said in an email.
He has been working in real estate for the past three years with Long and Foster, and prior to working in real estate, he worked as a field sales manager for Virginia Lottery.
He has an associate degree from Averett University in business administration with a concentration in leadership.
Powell began her career in the commissioner’s office in 1973, and in 1993 she became chief deputy commissioner, serving in that role until 2007 when she was elected commissioner of the revenue.
Prior to becoming commissioner of revenue in 2007, she worked under Irving Fox, John Anderson and Danny Jackson.
She entered the position following Jackson’s retirement.
She became a certified master commissioner of revenue in 2012.
Buckley’s withdrawal from the race leaves Powell unopposed in her bid for re-election.