RALEIGH: Clay Aiken officially joins NC Congress race - CBS 3 Springfield - WSHM

Clay Aiken officially joins NC Congress race

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Singer and actor Clay Aiken is now officially making the switch to wear the hat of a North Carolina congressional candidate.

On Thursday, the former "American Idol" runner-up filed his candidacy papers in Raleigh for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers. Aiken filed the papers surrounded by his family and teachers.

He said the issue he feels strongest about is lowering unemployment, and he wants to run a positive campaign.

"This pervasive sense that in order to succeed in politics, you have to trash the other side, that's the thing that frustrates me the most," Aiken said. "I think if we can stop that culture of, 'The only way I can succeed is if I make you look bad,' then I think we'll have a lot more success in solving some of the other problems and working together."

Aiken is a Democrat and will face a May primary against at least two other candidates - former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville.

Aiken lives in Chatham County and grew up in Raleigh. He has said his non-singing background - he was a special education teacher - led him to get in the race. He's already got a campaign team and says he's raised more than $100,000 since announcing three weeks ago.

RELATED STORIES:

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:20:30 GMT
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.More >>
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.More >>
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.More >>
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.More >>
  • Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:32:25 GMT
    Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.More >>
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
WSHM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WSHM; Springfield, MA. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.