Kevin Powell, a cast member on the first season The Real World, is running for Congress again. He also ran in 2006, challenging the incumbent in the primary, but withdrew from the race, for reasons Room Eight details. He’s again running in New York’s 10th congressional district, which is in Brooklyn.
On his site, he says he’s running now “because, as some of you know, I have been a public servant, in some form, for two decades, since my days as a teenage student leader at Rutgers University. I am completely committed to the ideals of freedom, justice, and equality, in America, and on this planet, and I am proof that much can be achieved if we are determined to make a change, personally and politically. … I want to use my voice, in Washington, DC, on a national stage, in a way that affirms our humanity, not denies it.”
His platform includes education, health care, gender equality, and things such as “[a]n immediate end to the War in Iraq” and “[p]rotection of our civil liberties.”
Kevin is not the first reality star to run for Congress. Bow-tied Apprentice candidate Raj Bhakta lost his bid last year; American Candidate winner Park Gillespie dropped out of his race before the primary; and almost four years ago, Real World Boston cast member Sean Duffy decided not to run for Congress.