Clay Aiken's $20K Bid for Congress: How It's Shaping Up

Laura Ferreiro
Yahoo Music

Almost a month after he announced plans to run Congress, Clay Aiken made it official Thursday, filing candidacy papers in his native North Carolina. The "American Idol" star tweeted an announcement of his filing and encouraged people to support his campaign with a donation.

Aiken aims to raise $20,000 and unseat Republican Renee Ellmers, who currently occupies the seat.

Since he first launched his campaign with a video earlier this month, there have been plenty of jokes about Aiken's second-place finishes on "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice," with many people, including Ellmers, saying that it will happen again come election time.

But there are still many Claymates not afraid to show support for Aiken.

Then there were the snarkers, joking that Aiken's concerts will become campaign rallies. One man even compared Aiken's bid to natural disasters predicted by Nostradamus.

In a video released four weeks ago, the 35-year-old singer and former special-needs teacher explained why he was running.

"I'm not a politician," Aiken said, speaking from a house in North Carolina where he and his mom lived after fleeing his abusive father. "I don't ever want to be one, but I do want to help bring back — at least to my corner of North Carolina — the idea someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not."