Clay Aiken, former “American Idol” contestant, said on Monday that he was planning to run for Congress in North Carolina. This is Aiken’s second attempt to represent his home state.
According to the New York Times, Aiken referred to himself as a “loud and proud Democrat” and he would be running in the newly drawn district which includes both Durham and Chapel Hill. This comes after Representative David E. Price announced his retirement in October, after representing the area as a Democrat.
“I intend to use my voice to deliver real results for North Carolina families, just like David Price has done for decades. I’ll always stand up for my principles and fight for inclusion, income equality, free access to quality health care, and combating climate change,” Aiken wrote.
Aiken, 43, previously ran for Congress in 2014. He won the Democratic primary but lost in the general election to the Republican incumbent.
North Carolina has recently postponed the 2022 primary election from March 8th to May 17th to allow for lawsuits over gerrymandering to be addressed.
New boundaries for the state legislative districts and 14 U.S. House seats face three lawsuits, currently. The playing field will be tough for Aiken as he joins two state senators and a Durham County commissioner in the Democratic primaries.
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