ROANOKE, Va. -

Two days after announcing that he would run for the 11th District House of Delegates seat, Kimble Reynolds Jr. announced Friday that he is withdrawing his candidacy.

Reynolds endorsed Democrat Sam Rasoul.

"After learning more about Sam Rasoul and speaking with him about the sincerity of his commitment to education, I believe Roanoke has that strong candidate," Reynolds wrote in a statement. "He and I are meeting in the upcoming days to discuss education and other issues confronting our region."

Republican Octavia Johnson is also running for the seat held by Delegate Onzlee Ware. Ware is stepping down to be with his ill mother.

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Story from Dec. 11

A third person has entered the race to take over when Delegate Onzlee Ware officially steps down.

He's no stranger to those of you in Southern Virginia.

Kimble Reynolds Jr. is going to run as an Independent candidate running to represent Roanoke in the 11th district.

Reynolds is an attorney and the former Mayor of Martinsville.

The deadline to file was Wednesday afternoon.

This now likely sets the stage for Reynolds, current Roanoke City Sheriff Octavia Johnson, and Sam Rasoul.