The men join four other Republicans who have already pitched their hats into the Congressional race: retired U.S. Army intelligence office Spence Campbell (Hendersonville); opthamologist Dan Eichenbaum (Murphy); District Attorney Jeff Hunt (Brevard); economic-development consultant Chris Petrella (Spindale). The Republican primary will take place May 2012.
FROM THE HENDERSONVILLE TIMES-NEWS (blueridgenow.com):
The race to challenge U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler for his 11th Congressional District seat has kicked into high gear, as two Western North Carolina businessmen have thrown their hat into the now-crowded Republican ring.Read the full article
Mark Meadows, 52, a real-estate investor from Jackson County who owns a brokerage firm, was the latest to announce his candidacy Monday. Nine days earlier, 61-year-old tea party member Vance Patterson of Morganton, who owns four businesses in North and South Carolina, did the same. ...