With Gresham Barrett seeking the Governor's office, some names are surfacing on the Republican side to take Barrett's Third District Congressional seat.
The first name that keeps coming up is State Senator Kevin Bryant of Anderson County. Though Bryant had a tougher than expected re-election to his state senate seat last November, he is personable and popular with conservatives in the upper part of the Third District.
Another state senator, Shane Massey of Aiken County, also comes up as a possible candidate. Massey's reform approach and youth make him appealing to the lower part of the district.
According the various sources, the 500 pound political gorilla in the race could be Solicitor Strom Thurmond, Jr. of Aiken County. However, it appears unlikely that Thurmond will seek the office.
There are other names being tossed around, but the above three seem to be true contenders for the seat. Let VUI know what you think and of any people out there that you know of who might be considering running for the open Third District Congressional seat.