Clay Aiken To Run For Ellmer's Seat In Congress

If you voted for him on "American Idol," will you vote for him for Congress?

On Wednesday it became official: Clay Aiken is running.

In a video released on Wednesday, Aiken outlines his goal to take the 2nd Congressional District from incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers.

On the bottom of that playing video, a quote from Aiken reads in part, "I'm running for Congress for the same reason I chose to become a special education teacher years ago -- to help people in need and to give them a voice."

Ellmers, the incumbent, was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010.

The 2nd Congressional District for the state of North Carolina includes Alamance, Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Randolph, and Wake counties.

According to Ellmers' biography posted on her .gov web page, the Republican worked as a registered nurse for more than 20 years before running for office. She currently also serves as chairwoman of the Republican Women's Policy Committee.

Aiken's biography said the Raleigh native auditioned for the TV show "American Idol" at age 23 and released his debut album at 25. Before hitting the TV and Broadway stages, Aiken was a special education teacher.