Clay Aiken Considering Running for Congress: Report

Clay Aiken

Adam Nemser/Startraks

updated 01/03/2014 AT 1:45 PM ET

originally published 01/03/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET

Congressman Clay Aiken?

The American Idol finalist is “actively considering” a bid to represent North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, a source tells Washington Blade.

The Raleigh native, 35, has reportedly talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and is “sounding and acting like a candidate,” the source says.

While his rep didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, Aiken has been involved in several causes since coming in second on Idol in 2003.

He has traveled overseas on behalf of UNICEF, gone to Capitol Hill to support anti-bullying and anti-discrimination legislation and co-founded the National Inclusion Project to help children with disabilities.

The North Carolina primary is set for May 6, and the filing deadline is Feb. 28. If he decides to run for the seat currently occupied by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), he wouldn’t be the only Democratic candidate.

Aiken hasn’t referenced a possible political run on his Twitter account, but when he thanked fans for their birthday wishes on Nov. 30, he included the hashtag “oldenoughtorunforpresidentnow.”


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