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Former Halifax County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Bruce Temple announced his intent to file for an at-large seat on the Halifax County Board of Commissioners in 2022.

In a statement Temple, who will file as a Democrat, said, “I am humbled to announce my candidacy for Halifax County commissioner in 2022.”

He said, “In light of Commissioner Patrick Qualls announcing that he will not seek re-election in his at-large seat in 2022, I have decided to continue my long career in public service in a new way. I appreciate Commissioner Qualls’ service and hope to continue the work he and the other county commissioners have done to advance the interests of Halifax County. Based on my work and conversations with Patrick, I believe I would bring a like-minded approach and similar values to the board.”

Qualls announced Monday he would not be seeking re-election.

Temple’s statement continued, “As chief deputy, I worked regularly with the county commissioners and county management and understand how challenging their jobs are, but I believe that I can use my experience, knowledge, and work ethic, to improve the lives of the people of Halifax County.”

Said Temple: “To summarize initial priorities, I believe that economic development, promoting public safety and facilitating the wealth of knowledge from our business leaders, faith-based community, and innovative citizens are key elements in assisting county decision makers. “Although my career has been public safety-oriented, I have practical ideas for government and economic efficiencies, with an emphasis on teamwork.”

Temple said, “I have a firm belief that local government is here to provide services with efficiency, transparency, and contribute to the best possible quality of life for its residents.” 

He said those with thoughts and concerns are welcomed to email him via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.