‘American Idol’ Clay Aiken running for Congress

‘American Idol’ Clay Aiken running for Congress

RUNNING FOR CONGRESS: Clay Aiken, now a special education teacher, is running for Congress. Photo: Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.

Aiken said Wednesday he’ll 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 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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Salmonella risk in raw milk products from Freeville farm


State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Wednesday that Salmonella risk was discovered after test of raw milk at Jerry Dell Farm in Freeville

in Local

Jury to return Monday at Sheldon Silver corruption trial

sheldon silver

Judge urged jurors to come up with verdict before end of deliberations Wed.; Silver is accused of collecting millions in kickbacks for legislative favors

in Local

New York court hears arguments over fantasy sports websites


Court heard arguments Wednesday in case against DraftKings, FanDuel; attorney general has said companies were operating illegally in New York

in Local

Man taken to hospital after run-in with police at Triphammer Marketplace


State Police, Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, Cayuga Heights Police were called to Triphammer Marketplace around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

in Black Friday, National

WATCH: How holiday shopping can help charities


In the frenzy of holiday shopping, consumers are doing more than getting great deals, they’re also using coupons to help raise money for a number of worthy causes.