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Track-and-field superstar Carl Lewis is competing again -- this time for the New Jersey state Senate. The nine-time Olympic gold medalist is running as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Senator Dawn Addiego in the eighth legislative district.
Lewis, 49, who grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey and has lived there since 2005, has not yet released an issue-specific platform, but says his focus will be on children and the future. "We cannot rest until we make sure that our families can afford to live and raise their kids here, that our seniors can remain in their homes and afford their health and pharmaceutical costs," he said, according to Reuters.
Lewis, a member of the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame, is one of only two athletes to win nine Olympic medals (Michael Phelps is the other). He won gold in the 100, 200, long jump and 400-meter relay at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He also won the 100 and long jump in 1988 in Seoul, and the long jump and 400-meter relay in 1992 in Barcelona. His most recent Olympic gold was in the long jump at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
But will being the best on the track translate to a successful political career? Standing on the steps of a historic New Jersey courthouse, he announced: "When I run -- you can see my record -- I run to win."