Clay Aiken, a former "American Idol" contestant, announced his candidacy for Congress in North Carolina on Monday, making it his second effort to represent the state where he grew up. Clay announced the news on his Twitter account.
“Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since I first got to share my voice with you?” he said on Twitter. “That’s a long time. A LOT has changed! We need powerful voices more than ever, so I’m running for Congress. And my voice is even stronger now! ;-) #JoinTheChorus”
Can you believe it's been almost 20 years since I first got to share my voice with you? That's a long time. A LOT has changed!
We need powerful voices more than ever, so I'm running for Congress.
And my voice is even stronger now! ;-) #JoinTheChorushttps://t.co/aQIm8a2xuZ pic.twitter.com/xBtN2CYF30 — Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) January 10, 2022
He called himself a “loud and proud Democrat” on his new website, speaking on running in a newly drawn district that includes Durham and Chapel Hill.
Representative David E. Price announced his retirement in October.
“I intend to use my voice to deliver real results for North Carolina families, just like David Price has done for decades,” Clay Aiken wrote. “I’ll always stand up for my principles and fight for inclusion, income equality, free access to quality health care, and combating climate change.”
Clay is joining the Democratic primary field that has two state senators and a Durham County commissioner.
Previously, Clay ran for Congress in a Republican-leaning part of the state in 2014. During that time, he won the Democratic primary, later being defeated in the general election by the Republican incumbent.
What is Clay Aiken’s Net Worth Today?
Clay Aiken has an estimated net worth of $4 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.
A large amount of his fortune comes from his successful musical career, which followed after his participation in American Idol in 2003.
Reports show that he has sold 5 million albums, making him the fourth-highest-grossing “American Idol” contestant.
Clay has gone on multiple successful world tours in support of his music career in addition to releasing albums. He has also published novels, television specials, and other projects. On top of that, Aiken is a well-known actor who has appeared in a number of musicals and other performances.
Clay Aiken’s Age, Family
Clay Aiken was born on November 30, 1978, in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States.
For his education, the singer went to Raleigh’s Leesville Road High School and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
It was on August 8, 2008, when Clay announced the birth of his son in North Carolina. He welcomed his son, Parker Foster, with Jaymes Foster, the sister of David Foster.