RALEIGH, N.C. (February 5, 2014) Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken announced Wednesday he is running for Congress in North Carolina where he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers.
Aiken, 35, is expected to face former state commerce secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro, N.C., and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville, N.C. in the Democratic primary.
Aiken has been a special education teacher in Wake County.
He said he decided to put his entertainment career on hold and seek to represent the state's 2nd Congressional District.
He said 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.