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Congressman Aiken?: 'Idol' alum may run for office

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Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken keeps a relatively low profile. But that all may change now that he's considering a run for Congress.

According to the Washington Blade, the 35-year-old singer is actively seeking a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in his home state of North Carolina. Aiken would represent the 2nd Congressional District, which is held by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.).

If Aiken wins a seat, he will join the ranks of other Hollywood celebs turned officeholders, including singer Sonny Bono, reality TV personality Sean Duffy, comedian Al Franken, Fred Grandy from "The Love Boat," and most notably, Ronald Reagan.

Aiken released six studio albums since taking second place behind season two "Idol" winner Ruben Studdard in 2003. The single dad came out as gay in 2008 and is an outspoken advocate for same-sex marriage.

Aiken has by Feb. 28 to file his campaign paperwork.

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