Huffpost Entertainment

Clay Aiken Running For Congress In North Carolina

Posted: Updated:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.

Aiken said Wednesday he'll seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers.

The 35-year-old Aiken is expected to face former state commerce secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary.

Aiken has been a special education teacher in Wake County. He says he decided to put his entertainment career on hold and seek to represent the state's 2nd Congressional District.

He says he considers Washington to be dysfunctional and will focus on jobs and the economy and the importance of education.

Ellmers faces radio talk show host Frank Roche of Cary in the Republican primary.

Also on HuffPost:

Obama With Celebrities
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

RALEIGH: Clay Aiken makes it official: He will run for Congress ...

Clay Aiken of 'American Idol' weighs congressional run in North ...

Clay Aiken may run for Congress - Tal Kopan -

Report: Clay Aiken considering run for Congress - CBS News

Clay Aiken of 'American Idol' may run for Congress. Could he win ...

Clay Aiken mulling bid for Congress - USA Today

Clay Aiken reportedly considering congressional run in North ...