Former “American Idol” star Clay Aiken is announced on Monday a cogressional bid for a seat in the Triangle, citing increased homophobia and racism from the top North Carolina Republican lawmakers has shaped his decision to enter the race.
Aiken, a 43-year-old Democrat looking to become the first openly gay congressional member to represent either of the Carolinas.
It’s his second attempt at a congressional seat after a failed 2014 run.
Aiken will attempt to replace U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat, North Carolina’s 4th District.
Price announced last year that he would not seek reelection.