Musician Clay Aiken announced his plan to run for Congress in a video posted on his campaign website Tuesday.

Aiken, a Democrat, takes viewers through a tour of his early life in his childhood home in North Carolina. He talks about how his mom had to seek refuge in this home, a friend’s, to protect them from Aiken’s violent father. The former American Idol star uses that anecdote to discuss how he wants to help struggling families as a member of Congress. “I’m not a politician,” Aiken says with a chuckle. “I don’t ever want to be one. But I do want to help bring back, at least to my corner of North Carolina, the idea that someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not.”

Watch the video below: