Jackson County Republican Mark Meadows, a real estate developer who served one term as chairman of Macon County’s Republican Party, recently announced his candidacy to unseat Democratic Representative Heath Shuler.
Meadows has been married to his wife Debbie for 32 years. The couple resides in Cashiers and has two children together, Blake and Haley.
His decision to run makes him one of four other Republican challengers who have thrown their names in the hat to take on Shuler, in what is setting up to be a hotly contested Congressional race. Local district attorney Jeff Hunt, tea-party candidate Dan Eichenbaum, retired Army officer Spence Campbell, and economic development consultant Chris Petrella will also be opposing Meadows in the 2012 primary.