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Clay Aiken for Congress – “Open Door” Campaign Announcement

February 5, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. –

Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.

Aiken said Wednesday he will 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.

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