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Olympian Carl Lewis announces run for NJ Senate

(AP) - Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis will run again - for New Jersey Senate.

The 49-year-old New Jersey native announced his bid to represent his hometown of Willlingboro on Monday. Lewis says he hopes to inspire people, encourage communities and improve educational opportunities for children.

The civic activist will run as a Democrat in the 8th legislative district now represented by Republican Dawn Addiego. Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals and is considered among the best track and field athletes of all time.

He ended the news conference so he could get to Willingboro High School, where he has been a volunteer track coach for four years.

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