Clay Aiken is a 10th generation North Carolinian who was born, raised, and currently resides in Wake County, NC – part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Clay studied and taught special education prior to his appearance on American Idol in 2003. He went on to use his platform to become an advocate for full inclusion of children with special needs, including founding The National Inclusion Project. Aiken has also advocated for humanitarian efforts in war-torn and tragedy-stricken countries on behalf of UNICEF as an International Goodwill Ambassador. Clay is a lifelong Democrat running in the newly drawn NC-06. The region’s current congressperson, Rep. David Price, announced his retirement in October after serving in Congress since 1987.
Clay is running in a heavily Democratic-leaning open seat centered around Durham, NC.
When elected, Clay will be one of the first openly LGBTQ representatives elected from the South — along with other Equality PAC-endorsed LGBTQ congressional candidates Jasmine Beach-Ferrara in North Carolina and Michele Rayner in Florida.