*Politics have really taken a turn over the past few years and a lot more celebrities are running for top positions, including Olympian Carl Lewis.

The 49-year-old gold medalist has announced his candidacy for a New Jersey state senate seat and will be running against Dawn Addiego, the sitting Republican.

He said, “When I run – you can see my record – I run to win.”

Known for his 1984 races at the Los Angeles Olympics, he eventually became the winner in the 100m, 200m, long jump, and sprint relay

“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.

Although he was born in Birmingham, Ala., the former athlete has a special place in his heart for New Jersey, where he spent much of his childhood.