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Clay Aiken Timeline 2022

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Clay Aiken Timeline for 2022.  ldyj will try her darndest to keep this list up-to-date.  If you see anything missing/incorrect, please contact ldyjocelyn!

  • January 8 -- Clay posts a cryptic tweet about checking CV...
  • January 10 --...because today's the day Clay announces that he's officially running for Congress again!  Here's his announcement video.  Many major media outlets pick up on this, including The Hill, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
  • January 12 -- Clay appears on The View (ABC) to discuss his run for Congress. He talks about why he is running, and how much he wants to be the first openly gay Congressman from the South.
  • March 3 -- Clay officially files to run in the 4th district in North Carolina.  There was a bunch of redistricting issues before this, but this makes it official.  His primary will also include several other Democratic candidates.
  • March 14 -- Jordan Roth (New York Theater Producer) hosts a fundraiser for Clay's campaign in New York City.
  • March 15 -- Another New York City Fundraiser for Clay's campaign, hosted by New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher.
  • March 26 -- Clay attended the People's Alliance, a campaign mixer in North Carolina.  It allowed people to meet with the candidates...and the candidates to meet each other.
  • April 2 -- The National Inclusion Project Gala, held in Raleigh, NC.  Clay's personal assistant, Cheryl Jacobsen, received the Founder's Day award, and Clay finally was able to sing the setlist that was selected (by fans) for the 2020 Gala.
  • April 5 -- Clay's campaign officially kicks-off with a gathering in NC.
  • April 6 -- Clay is part of the North Carolina Democrats NC4 Candidate Forum, held virtually.  All the candidates running for the seat are scheduled to attend.
  • April 9 — Clay posts a few Instagrams; one looks to be a local Democratic outdoor gathering, the other an event on cryptocurrency. 
  • April 10 -- A Fundraising event for Clay's Congressional Campaign held in Palms Springs, California.  It's hosted by Alfredo Casuso and David Perry, Bonnie and Bill Ruttan, and Ben Patrick Johnson.
  • April 13 -- Clay attends some sort of event/party at the Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC.  He sang at least two songs, "A House is Not a Home" and "Unchained Melody."
  • April 15 -- A block party supporting Pat Evans in her re-election as Durham District Court Judge is held, and Clay attends.  He also sings BOTW!
  • April 21 — Clay appears on “The Swag Network” podcast, talking about his history and why he’s running for Congress. 
  • April 27 -- It's announced via Bloomberg News that Clay is owed money from the production team of the Christmas Show that he and Ruben Studdard did in 2018.  It's a win for Clay!
  • April 30 — Clay’s good friends Ruben Studdard and Quiana Parler sing at a fundraiser, held at the Blue Note Grill in Durham. It’s called the “Make Durham Better Rally.”
  • May 11 -- Clay once again hosts "DPAC's Triangle Rising Stars," North Carolina's high school theater competition. Earlier in the day, he holds a press conference to shine a light on the "dark money" flowing into the coffers of one of his opponents, Valerie Foushee.  There have been articles in the past few days about it, but this is the first time Clay makes a public stand.
  • May 15 -- It looks as if Clay showed up at a local festival in NC to get out the vote.  He also sang two songs!
  • May 16 -- Another hosting gig!  This time it's "Dancing with the Carolina Stars" to be held at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.  Clay probably isn't dancing...
  • May 17 -- Primary day in North Carolina. Sadly, Clay only received 7% of the vote.  The eventual winner was North Carolina State Senator Valerie Foushee (thanks to the influx of money for her campaign).
  • June 17 — An appearance on the local Pittsburgh CBS morning show, “Pittsburgh Today Live” along with Clay’s Drowsy Chaperone co-star, Paige Davis.
  • June 20 -- Another publicity appearance for The Drowsy Chaperone.  This time Clay and Paige appear on 100.7 Star Pittsburgh's "Bubba" morning radio show.
  • June 21 -- Clay stars at "Man in Chair" in The Drowsy Chaperone, as part of the Pittsburgh CLO.  This is the first of 6 days and 8 performances.
  • June 22 -- Second performance of The Drowsy Chaperone.
  • June 23 -- Third performance of The Drowsy Chaperone.
  • June 24 -- Fourth performance of The Drowsy Chaperone.
  • June 25 -- Fifth and Sixth performances of The Drowsy Chaperone...except Clay missed the fifth performance due to COVID protocols.  There was much confusion, but after a long time, and bunch of missed communication, Clay just barely made it to the theater for the sixth performance.
  • June 26 -- Seventh and eighth (final) performances of The Drowsy Chaperone.
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