US Olympic superstar Carl Lewis enters politics

By REUTERS
April 12, 2011 03:05

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Olympic track superstar Carl Lewis jumped into a race for New Jersey state Senate on Monday, saying he wanted to help struggling children, families and seniors in the region where he grew up.

Lewis, 49, announced that he will be running as a Democrat to challenge incumbent Republican Senator Dawn Addiego in the heavily Republican area about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Philadelphia.

"When I run -- you can see my record -- I run to win," Lewis told a news conference outside Mount Holly's historic courthouse.

Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist, has been living in the state where he grew up since 2005.


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