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Gay celebrity: Clay Aiken running for Congress in North Carolina

 Clay Aiken attends the 'Celebrity Apprentice' Live Finale at American Museum of Natural History on May 20, 2012 in New York City.
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Former “American Idol” contestant Clay Aiken has experience winning over people. As E! Online reports on Feb. 5, the singer is turning his attention to politics by announcing that he’s officially running for Congress in North Carolina.

Aiken is the first to admit he is not a politician, but he feels he could be a better representative for the people than current Rep. Renee Ellmers. The 35-year-old is a Democrat and will have to first beat out candidates Keith Crisco, former state commerce secretary, and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris in the Democratic primary. He hopes to represent North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District.

Clay Aiken will face two challenges. Not only is he an entertainer venturing into the world of politics, following the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura, he is also entering the race as an openly gay candidate. His approach is to win over voters by promoting his values as a family man and his commitment to the state of North Carolina.

In his first campaign video, “Open Door,” Aiken reflects on his childhood, family life, and his experience in education to reflect upon why he is a good candidate to represent his home state. He then goes on to highlight how decisions by the current Congresswoman have hurt the folks of Carolina.

The “Invisible” singer and single dad wants to be visible. He ends his campaign video by simply stating how he wants to represent the people.

“I’m not a politician – I don’t ever want to be one. But I do want to bring back, at least to my corner of North Carolina, the idea that someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not. And maybe we can play a small part in igniting that change across the rest of our country. This is why I’m running for Congress.”

Clay Aiken’s ideal is to be a different kind of American idol. One for the people and one who can “open a door to a new life and a renewed country for all of our people.”

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