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Clay Aiken announces North Carolina’s candidacy for Congress as Democrat

Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken is making a second congressional nomination in his home state of North Carolina.

Aiken will run as a Democrat in the 6th Congressional District after previously making an unsuccessful bid for the United States House of Representatives in 2014. Currently, the district in which Aiken is running includes Chapel Hill and other communities in the United States. Orange County, as well as Apex, Morrisville, most of Cary and a Shard of Raleigh.

However, Fox8 reports the situation remains fluid, as a three-judge Wake County Circuit Court panel will rule on three lawsuits on Tuesday that seek to challenge how the General Assembly laid the cards for 14 seats. of Congress and the State Senate.

As a result, Aiken and other hopefuls cannot officially apply. However, that didn’t stop the former “American Idol” contestant from launching his campaign intent with a social media video.

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Clay Aiken has announced that he is running for office again.
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Aiken opens the video by noting that life has changed for him in the past 20 years since he made his public debut on the singing competition.

“I came home, I went out, I became a father. These days my life is a lot more like yours than Justin Biebers’, I can promise you that,” he said in the video. “But one thing that has never changed for me is how much I love my home country. North Carolina is where I first discovered that I had a voice and that it was a voice that could be used for more than singing. “

Clay Aiken was on the second season of "American idol."

Clay Aiken was on the second season of “American Idol”.
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Aiken went on to note that North Carolina was a “progressive beacon in the South” before naming specific politicians like US Representative Madison Cawthorn and North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson. He compared the duo and their rhetoric to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Lauren Boebert.

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Clay Aiken ran for Congress in 2014.

Clay Aiken ran for Congress in 2014.
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“These people are taking all the oxygen in the room and, I have to tell you, I’m sick of it,” he continues. “As Democrats we need to express ourselves better and use our voices because these people are not going to calm down anytime soon. That’s why I’m running for Congress, here in this community that uplifted me and where I first discovered my voice. ”

The singer turned politician then presented a candidacy that will focus on “stopping climate change, systemic racism, income inequalities, armed violence” and “securing voting rights, free health care and the right of women to choose “.

“We are the ones who are going to solve the country’s biggest problems, and we are the ones who are going to defend our most precious rights,” he adds.

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Aiken concludes by noting that he would be the first openly gay southern congressman if elected.

“If the loudest, hateful voices think they’re going to speak for us, just tell them I’m warming up the old vocal cords,” he says at the end of the video.

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Aiken once raced Republican Renee Ellmers in 2014, but ultimately lost the race in what was then District 2 by 18 points.

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