It's official! Former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken has announced he is running for Congress.

The 35-year-old Aiken made the announcement on Wednesday morning saying he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Elmers in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District. Aiken - who has been working as a special education teacher - says he considers Washington to be dysfunctional and will focus his campaign on jobs, the economy and education.

Watch Aiken's official announcement below and let us know if you think he would make a good congressman.