Former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina. Aiken said Wednesday he'll seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers. The 35-year-old Aiken is expected to face former state commerce secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary. Aiken, who's openly gay, says he considers Washington to be dysfunctional, and will focus on jobs and the economy and the importance of education. The incumbent, Ellmers, faces radio talk show host Frank Roche of Cary in the Republican primary.