2014 Year at a Glance

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Year At A Glance 2014


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February 5, 2014 It had been rumored but on Feb 5, 2014, Clay announced his candidacy for congressman from North Carolina district 02. His campaign, Clay for North Carolina, posted a five minute introduction video. Clay discussed his background growing up, including his mother and him taking refuge in a friend's house. That house was the setting for the video. He also discussed his rationale for taking this step and that he hoped to be a bipartisan candidate, representing all the people in the district. For more information and to see the video, go to www.clayaiken.com . Clay's Run for Congress - 2014 2014 Year at a Glance  
February 5, 2014 Interview with Raleigh News & Observer Clay discussed his thoughts about his candidacy and politics. He said "I think that Washington is....dysfunctional." He said that he was not changed by Hollywood and would not be changed by Washington. He emphasized that he was not a politician - that it would not be a career for him. Clay said "A representative should do just that. I'm into representing people." He recalled an 8th grade assignment to interview someone they admired. While most students chose teachers or other close adults, he interviewed former NC governor Terry Sanford. Clay said that Sanford understood how important education was to the state. He tries to emulate Sanford in his current thoughts. Clay's Run for Congress - 2014 News and Observer Youtube link 
February 5, 2014  Clay appeared as a guest on Lawrence O'Donnell's political talk show "The Last Word" on MSNBC. O'Donnell was highly complimentary of Clay's introduction video, saying "That is as personal an opening statement as I've ever heard in a political candidacy." He also thought Clay was off to a great start in his campaign. They discussed that all politics are local; O'Donnell thought Clay did a great job on that point in his video. He asked whether Clay was tough enough for Congress since O'Donnell said that Penn Jillette (his good friend) said Clay was the nicest, politest guy he knew. Clay emphasized he was tough enough. Clay mentioned texting with Penn at the break before the interview. Clay's Run for Congress - 2014 MSNBC Link to Video 
February 6, 2014 Clay was interviewed by Greta Van Susteren on her "On The Record" show on Fox News. He discussed his motivation for running for Congress. He talked about teaching special needs students, realizing they needed a voice, now realizing the people of North Carolina need a voice and someone to represent them. Greta asked about whether Washington would change him. He joked that his mother wouldn't let that happen. He said that Hollywood didn't change him and that he had core North Carolina values. Greta interspersed the interview with footage from his Open Door video as well as footage from American Idol. Fox News Clay's Run for Congress - 2014  
February 9, 2014 Feb 9, 2014 Clay was interviewed by Marlow Artis, a North Carolina teacher who writes the Tar Heel Teachers blog. Clay discussed his teaching experience. He also talked about taking one of his teachers on a Unicef trip to Afghanistan. After the interview, he boarded a bus taking teachers to Raleigh. The teachers were participating in the Moral March on Raleigh, a peaceful protest of current NC government policies. Clay brought doughnuts and gave a rousing pep talk to the teachers before they left. To read the blog about this interview and see the video, go to: http://tarheelteachers.blogspot.com/2014/02/tar-heel-teachers-episode-2-special.html Congress 2014 Year at a Glance  
February 22, 2014 19th Annual Human Rights Campaign Gala Clay attended the HRC Gala in Charlotte, NC. He mingled with and took pictures with many people there. Among the people he met were Bob Williams and Mitchell Gold, co-founders of Design By Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, an NC-based furniture store. In addition, Mitchell is known as the author of the book "Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America." Clay's Run for Congress - 2014 Human Rights Campaign  
February 27, 2014 Official Papers Filed With the North Carolina Board of Elections. There were many cameras and supporters present. Clay's mother, Faye Parker, and his former teachers stood by his side. After filing, Clay gave a brief interview. Congress 2014 Year at a Glance Video 
February 27, 2014 Clay and Fantasia were among eight announced inductees in the North Carollina Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 16 in Kannapolis, NC. Awards and Appointments 2014 Year at a Glance  
March 4, 2014 Clay participated in the J. S. Waters School "Read-a thon." He read the classic story "The Zax" by Dr. Seuss. Later, on March 13, he emailed supporters about the experience. He talked with the students about the moral of the story, which was about two stubborn Zaxes, one going north, one South, each refusing to budge for the other due to pride and stubborness. He made an analogy to the current situation in congress, where there is often a refusal to compromise. Clay's Run for Congress - 2014   
March 19, 2014 March 19, 2014 Clay toured Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, then met with military spouses about their concerns, which included health care and finding work. For the full article go to: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/article_9d3548e0-69cf-5e97-b2b4-43e81b473837.html Congress 2014 Year at a Glance Video 
March 27, 2014 Feb 27, 2014 Official Papers Filed With the North Carolina Board of Elections. There were many cameras and supporters present. Clay's mother, Faye Parker, and his former teachers stood by his side. After filing, Clay gave a brief interview. To watch snippets of the filing and interview Congress 2014 Year at a Glance Clay Video 
March 31, 2014 An article in Walter Magazine about North Carolina theatre mentioned Clay and featured him in a group photo. He was interviewed and talked briefly about how he was inspired by a production of Big River that was performed at the theatre. For more about North Carolina Theatre's past and entering its 4th decade, go here: Walter Magazine Walter Magazine  
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