Report: Lewis to run for N.J. senate

Report: Lewis to run for N.J. senate

Published Apr. 10, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is expected to announce a run of a different kind on Monday, with the New Jersey state senate firmly in his sights, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.

Lewis has a news conference planned for 2:00pm local time in Mount Holly, N.J., with the former athlete saying he planned to announce "my political decision" without elaborating further.

Lewis, 49, is expected to run as a Democrat and face off against Republican state Sen. Dawn Addiego for the seat covering the east side of Burlington County, which the Inquirer said was "solidly Republican."

"All indications are that he will run," a Democratic source told the newspaper.


Nominating petitions for the seat -- in which Lewis lives -- were sent out on Lewis' behalf in the past two days.

Candidates have until 4:00pm to file their petitions.

Lewis won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, of which eight were gold, in sprinting and long jump.

His career spanned from 1979, when he first achieved a world ranking, to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.