Washington (CNN)– Nine-time Olympic gold medal winner, Carl Lewis is expected to announce on Monday his candidacy for a New Jersey state Senate seat in the 8th Legislative District.
The track and field runner has scheduled a press conference in Mount Holly, New Jersey, Monday afternoon to speak about his political plans.
Garden State Democrats have been wooing Lewis, a resident of Medford, New Jersey, to put his name on the Democratic ballot against Republican state Sen. Dawn Addiego, in the Republican-leaning Burlington county. Both houses are currently controlled by Democrats.
Lewis's potential candidacy was first reported on Friday by The Star-Ledger.
This will be the 49-year old track legend's first time vying for a political seat.
The running star won four gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, two golds for the long jump and 100-meter 1988 in Seoul, two more at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and one gold for the long jump at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Lewis is the third athlete leaping into the political sphere in Burlington County in recent years. Former Philadelphia Eagle lineman Jon Runyan, was elected into office last year and former NHL player, Brian Propp, ran an unsuccessful campaign for a 7th District Assembly seat in 2007.
New Jersey legislative candidates have until Monday at 4 p.m. to file their petitions.