Mount Holly, NJ, United States (AHN) – Famed Olympian Carl Lewis announced on Monday he’s running for the New Jersey state senate. Monday was the last day to register for the June 7 primary and Lewis said he wants to help struggling families and children in the neighborhoods he grew up in.
Lewis, a track and field star who garnered nine gold medals during four Summer Olympics, is entering the political arena as a Democrat with his sights set on removing a Republican incumbent.
“When I run, as you see my record, I run to win,” he said at a news conference in Mount Holly in Burlington County. “I’m slower than I used to be, so you can probably keep up, but I’m going to be running.”
In another statement he went on to say, “I’m proud of where I came from, proud to be back, and ready to step up to serve the taxpayers of this great state that afforded me so many wonderful opportunities.”
Lewis is just one candidate with a famous name that the election has attracted. Richard Kanka, whose daughter’s murder led to the Megan’s Law sex offender registry and notification policies, also said he is running for office. He said he would run as a Republican for a state Senate seat.
Lewis, 49, shot to international fame when he won four gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. He won two gold and a silver in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, two gold in 1992 in Barcelona and his final gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Should he win his party’s nomination, he will be pitted against Republican Dawn Addiego in November’s election.