James B. Buckner

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


James Buckner graduated from George Washington High School. He has formerly worked for Dan River Mills/Schoolfield Division, Dimon Tobacco, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, and he is the former owner of The Temple nightclub. He currently works for Wilkins & Co. as a Realtor and opened Pawn Shops America in 2009 [1, 8]. 

Buckner has been a member of the Danville City Council since 2014. He was appointed by City Council to the Fair Housing Board for the City of Danville in 2012, where he served until 2014. He is on the Transportation Advisory Board, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the West Piedmont Planning District Commission [1, 8].

Key Issues


In his 2014 campaign, Buckner sought to work closely with the school board, teachers, and the superintendent to improve schools [10].


In his 2014 campaign, Buckner planned to support businesses and attract new businesses to the River District by offering tax incentives and grants and utilizing the Tourism Zone [10].

Public Safety

In his 2014 campaign, Buckner sought to provide the police department, fire department and sheriff’s office with necessary resources to promote safety and enforce laws [10].


In 2020, concerning the building of the Caesars Entertainment casino, Buckner did not want zoning restrictions to limit Caesars Resort or anything Caesars brought to the table, and he did not want to limit what the casino could include [12].


No endorsements could be found.


1 Danville Virginia – James Buckner
2 Facebook
3 Ballotpedia
4 Twitter
5 Danville Virginia – Chamber to Host
6 Danville Register & Bee
7 Virginia Department of Elections
8 Wilkins & Co Realtors
10 Star Tribune
11 Martinsville Bulletin
12 ABC 13 News
13 History United