Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.

The singer announced Wednesday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers.

In his first campaign video, "Open Door," he reveals why he's running for office.

"I'm not a politician -- I don't ever want to be one," he explains. "But I do want to help bring back, at least to my corner of North Carolina, the idea that someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not. And maybe we can play a small part in igniting that change across the rest of our country. This is why I'm running for Congress. And in the weeks and months ahead, I'll need your help. We can all be like that friend who took my mother and me in, a friend who shelters those in their time of need, and who helps open a door to a new life and a renewed country for all of our people."

Check out the video above to hear what the singer said about his tough childhood.

The 35-year-old is expected to face former state commerce secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary.

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