Clay Aiken has officially thrown his hat into the political ring. He filed paperwork on Thursday to enter the congressional race for the 2nd District seat in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers .
The former American Idol runner-up, who lives in the Raleigh-Durham area, is running as a Democrat and announced his intention to run earlier this month. He faces a Democratic primary in less than 10 weeks.
Clay said it's a good thing that his fame has brought attention to the race. He commented, "I think that's a good thing because we now have districts that have been drawn to be safe for one party or the other, which isn't the way things should be."
After Clay filed the required paperwork, Ellmers said in a statement that she welcomes "debate about how to get our economy growing again with new jobs and real pay raises for our working middle-class families."
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