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Clay Aiken for Congress?

NEW YORK - MARCH 28: Singer Clay Aiken speaks onstage at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis on March 28, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Clay Aiken for Congress?

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jan 4, 2014

Singer and Broadway star Clay Aiken, is actively considering a run for U.S. Congress.

Aiken, who got his start in the music business when he took second place on "American Idol's" second season in 2003, is "actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House," reports The Washington Blade, which cites "two Democratic sources familiar with his plans."
 
The 35-year-old Raleigh, N.C., native "has taken initial steps for a run, including consulting with political operatives in Washington, D.C., about a bid for the seat," the Blade reports.
 
"One Democratic source said Aiken  made phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh about a potential bid. Although it’s unclear when Aiken might formally announce a decision, the source said Aiken is 'actively considering' it and 'sounding and acting like a candidate,'" according to the Blade.
 
Aiken could not be reached for comment. 
 
The filing deadline to participate in the primary is Feb. 28. The North Carolina primary takes place May 6.
 
After establishing his music career, Aiken co-founded the the National Inclusion Project, "which seeks to help children with disabilities," reports the Blade. "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." He has also lobbied in Washington on behalf of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, to urge passage of anti-bullying legislation.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.