Larry Kissell has his first official challenger, 27 year old Blair Sweeney of Charlotte. Papers were filed last week with the IRS and the FEC for the Blair Sweeney Congressional Committee by Thomas Blair Sweeney running as a Republican in the 8th District. Sweeney is a registered Republican with an address in the 9th District since 2004.
Sweeney, was active in student government at UNC Chapel Hill where he was majoring in Political Science 2001-04. He graduated from South Caldwell High School in Hudson NC in 2000. He was involved in Orange County politics, was a Democratic volunteer and was a campaign director for Delmas Parker's Congressional campaign in the 5th District. Parker is currently 2nd Vice-Chair of the NC Democratic Party.
Professionally Sweeney has been involved in the development and management of multi-unit housing, particularly student housing, most notably with Franklin Holdings of Charlotte. His website http://blairsweeney.com/ is still under construction.
Note: Fayetteville businessman Lou Huddleston announced last week he was running against Kissell but has yet to file.
Update: Blair Sweeney responds that he does not intend to run and that forms were filed as a matter of due diligence. See comment below.