President Obama's older half-brother Malik Obama announced his plans on Monday to run for governor in the Western Kenyan county of Siaya.
Malik Obama will be an independent candidate in the national elections on March 4, reports the Bloomberg News.
According to the Commission on Revenue Allocation, poverty in Siaya County is more than 35 percent and the area has high HIV and malaria rates.
Speaking at a meeting in Kogelo, Kenya, Malik Obama said his famous brother inspired him to help the poor: "Siaya county is facing a lot of problems from poor infrastructure to poverty due to bad leadership. I will change this if elected."
Kenya's most recent elections were in 2007 and included ethnic fighting that left about thousand people dead and caused 350,000 people to flee.
Malik Obama holds a degree in accounting from the University of Nairobi and has been running an electronics store since moving back from Nairobi.
Malik Obama is the son of the Barack Obama Sr. by his first wife, Kezia. He worked as a consultant in Washington D.C. Malik Obama and President Obama served as best man at each other's weddings after their first meeting in Kenya in 1985.