More names keep popping up in the contest to replace Congressman-elect Mick Mulvaney in the State Senate, with filing for the seat scheduled to open on New Year's Eve.
We've already talked about two who were looking at running for the seat: long-time Democratic Fort Mill attorney Bayles Mack and Lancaster pharmacist Hugh Mobley.
- Brian Carnes. Carnes served two terms on the Lancaster County School Board and hails from the Indian Land area northern Lancaster County.
- Paul Lindemann. Lindemann served one term on York County Council and was defeated for re-election after a string of highly-publicized run-ins with law enforcement and financial questions surfaced.
While Mobley initally garnered the support of a number of Republican VIPs in the area, like Mack, questions about past campaign contributions to Democrats surfaced which turned off some supporters.
Stan Smith, who recently challenged Rep. Ralph Norman as a Libertarian candidate, is considering seeking the seat, either as a Libertarian or Republican. No names have surfaced for Democratic candidates, but given the close race they ran for the seat in 2008, it's hard to see them not running someone for the seat.