MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is planning to announce his “political plans” in New Jersey.

Lewis said Sunday night that he planned a news conference for Monday. He didn’t offer details, but Democratic Assemblyman Herb Conaway has told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Lewis was in negotiations to run for the state Senate in the Eighth District.

Lewis lives in the district. Republican Dawn Addiego currently holds the seat.

A message seeking comment was left with a spokesman for the Democratic State Committee.

Lewis won four gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, defended his 100-meter title in Seoul in 1988 after Ben Johnson was stripped of the medal for doping and won the long jump in four straight Summer Olympics.

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Comments (4)
  1. Corey says:

    Did he run that marathon he anounced in runner’s world mag yet? One race at a time Carl.

  2. wOODY3691 says:

    Great athlete, but does he have political chops? At least he’s starting locally with a state-wide office and not a national one.

  3. orlando says:

    great honor for the senate to have this monster of the tracks of the world

  4. dr.doraimanickam says:

    a very sensible and good move!

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