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Clay Aiken: Congressional candidate?

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Looks like Clay Aiken may be ready to add Congressman to his resume.

According to the Washington Blade, the former American Idol runner up and Raleigh native is taking all the preliminary steps to make a run against Rep. Renee Ellmers.

Aiken has been consulting with political operatives, the DCCC, and other figures in Raleigh to gauge support.

North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional district has been in the spotlight before, when former Bob Etheridge lost his election after putting a college kid in a headlock. Like this.

The Blade recapped some of his work as an activist since being in the national spotlight:

Aiken has also drawn on his fame to help promote causes as an activist. He co-founded the the National Inclusion Project, formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which seeks to help children with disabilities. Tapped as a national ambassador for the United States Fund for UNICEF in 2004, Aiken has travelled to Afghanistan, Indonesia, Uganda, Mexico, Kenya and Somalia as part of aid missions.

The singer has also taken part in LGBT activism. In 2010, the singer appeared at a briefing on Capitol Hill on behalf of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, to urge for passage of anti-bullying legislation with LGBT protections known as the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act.

The filing deadline is February 28th, and the primary is set for May 6th.

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