Twenty-four years ago, Dan Forest was a student at UNC Charlotte when his mother, Sue Myrick, was elected mayor of Charlotte.
Now he's running for office himself.
The Raleigh Republican is campaigning to be North Carolina's lieutenant governor. Though the race has stayed far below the radar, he's been speaking to GOP groups around the state.
Forest, 43, is the son of Myrick and her first husband, the late Jim Forest. He attended East Mecklenburg High School before transferring to a school in Columbia. He practiced architecture for 23 years before stepping down in late 2009 to start a political advocacy group. He left in March to start his campaign.
Filing for the office won't start until February. One other Republican, Wake County commissioner Tony Gurley, also is running.
Forest said his mother, a member of Congress since 1995, may campaign with him before its over.
"I think she will be very willing to once the time comes," he said. "She'll be in campaign mode too."