Clay Aiken, 35, the singer-songwriter who came to fame in 2003’s “American Idol” television program, is considering a run for the United States House of Representatives in North Carolina, his home state, according to an Inquisitr report on Friday.
Beyond becoming famous for being an “American Idol” runner-up who turned his second place status into a recording and performing career, he is known for being openly gay. He announced that he was a gay father some six years ago. Using his high-profile status in the entertainment industry, Aiken has been an activist for social causes for the past decade. He has been a National Ambassador with UNICEF, and has traveled extensively to see that children in nations such as Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda are given an education.
Aiken ended up on the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2006 when former President George. W. Bush appointed him to the committee. His task was to join other committee members in advising the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the president, regarding matters associated with persons who experience intellectual disabilities. In the past, Aiken has also spent time in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress regarding LGBT issues in 2010.
Currently, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican, holds the seat for which Aiken’s is considering to run. As a Democrat, Aiken would also be competing with Keith Crisco – North Carolina’s Commerce Secretary – who has announced his candidacy.