News

‘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.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Maine Panel Rejects Bill to Nix Legislative Term Limits

GENERIC VOTING

A legislative committee has dealt a blow to an effort to repeal term limits for lawmakers.

in Local

Parents Want Medical Marijuana to be Allowed in Hospitals

GENERIC Marijuana-3

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Medical marijuana patients in Maine are urging Maine lawmakers to allow them to use smokeless forms…

in Local

WGAN Maine Minute 4/27

maine minute

Hear WGAN's Maine Minute, with what you need to know today in Maine.

in Local

Maine Lawmakers Eye Hayride Regulations After Deadly Crash

Hayride Jeep 101714

A Republican Maine lawmaker is pushing to mandate that hayrides be inspected after a 17-year-old girl was killed and more than 20 others were injured when a Halloween-themed ride crashed last year.

in Local

1 of Maine’s Pro-Marijuana Groups Close to OK for Petition

GENERIC Marijuana-3

One of the Maine groups pushing for a statewide ballot question on recreational marijuana legalization is close to having its petition approved.

Tweets

  • 9h
  • 9h
  • 10h
  • 10h
  • 10h
  • 13h
  • 13h