'Law & Order: SVU' actress Diane Neal is running for Congress

The actress who portrays Casey Novak on "Law & Order: SVU" is seeking a seat on Congress.

Diane Neal, 42, announced on Tuesday that she is running for the 19th Congressional District seat as an independent in New York.

"Ok, so it's ON!!! But I'm doing with nearly no staff, no donations (yet), with no party," she wrote on Twitter. "Website will be up later today (fingers crossed) and all ready to go. But goal is bigger than parties. Goal is no negativity. Goal is HIGH ROAD all the way."

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Diane Neal attends the 2016 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights' Ripple Of Hope Awards at New York Hilton Midtown on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Diane Neal attends 'The 2015 Ripple Of Hope Awards' at the New York Hilton in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Diane Neal attends the Robert F. Kennedy human rights 2015 Ripple of Hope awards at New York Hilton Midtown on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Actors Diane Neal (L) and Ashley Fink attend Urban Arts Partnership at the 15th annual The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway after party at BB King on November 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Urban Arts Partnership)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 12: 'Rock-A-Bye-Baby' -- When a Navy Commander's car is stolen with his baby inside, the NCIS team must determine if this was a random car-jacking or a targeted abduction, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, April 14 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Diane Neal as CGIS Agent Abigail Borin (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 19: 'Rock-A-Bye-Baby' -- When a Navy Commander's car is stolen with his baby inside, the NCIS team must determine if this was a random car-jacking or a targeted abduction, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, April 14 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Diane Neal as CGIS Agent Abigail Borin, Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith 'Merri' Brody, Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
THE FOLLOWING: Lisa Campbell (guest star Diane Neal) looks for a suspect in the special two-hour 'Dead or Alive/The Reckoning' Series Finale episode of THE FOLLOWING airing Monday, May 1, 2015 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 15: 'The Walking Dead' -- A Navy Lieutenant Commander in impeccable shape turns to Pride and the NCIS team to solve his imminent murder after discovering he has been poisoned with a lethal dose of radiation, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Feb 3 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith 'Merri' Brody, Diane Neal as CGIS Agent Abigail Borin, and Robert Walker-Branchaud as Dominick Cole (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Diane Neal attends the 2014 Montblanc Presents The 24 Hour Plays at American Airlines Theatre on November 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29 : Actress Diane Neal attends the Riverkeeper's Annual Fisherman's Ball at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers in New York City on April 29, 2014.(Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Actress Diane Neal attends ASPCA's Annual Bergh Ball Gala at The Plaza Hotel on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Actress Diane Neal attends the 11th Annual 'Leather & Laces' Party at The Liberty Theatre on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actress Diane Neal (L) and Stephen Bradberry attend Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice And Human Rights 2013 Ripple Of Hope Awards Dinner at New York Hilton Midtown on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice And Human Rights)
Diane Neal attends the 2013 Ripple of Hope awards dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - DECEMBER 07: Actress Diane Neal speaks onstage at the Waterkeeper Alliance Benefit during Day 2 of the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest held at Montage Deer Valley on December 7, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Actress Diane Neal attends the David Guetta 'One Voice' Music Video Premiere at United Nations on November 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Actress Diane Neal arrives at Intouch Weekly's 'ICONS & IDOLS Party' at FINALE Nightclub on August 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Intouch Weekly)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Actress Diane Neal attends Major League Baseball's All Star Bash at Roseland Ballroom on July 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 08: Actress Diane Neal attends The 24 Hour Plays 2013 LA Cast Announcement And Kick-Off Party at Montblanc Rodeo Drive Boutique on May 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Kohen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Actress Diane Neal attends the Flips Audio MTV Awards Secret Room gifting suite at the SLS Hotel on April 12, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Diane Neal and Jan-patrick Schmitz attend the 12th Annual Production of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway After Party presented by MONTBLANC at BB King on November 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for MONTBLANC)
SUITS -- 'Blood in the Water' Episode 212 -- Pictured: Diane Neal as Allison Holt -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Diane Neal attends the Softcup Beauty Retreat with ZING Vodka Cocktails at a private residency on September 20, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 26: Actress Diane Neal arrives to The Thirst Project's 3rd Annual Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Thirst Project)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: Actress Diane Neal attends the Montblanc Presents 'The 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles' A Benefit For Urban Arts Partnership at The Shore Hotel on June 16, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 14: Diane Neal arrive at the Golden Nymph Award during the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival Closing Ceremony on June 14, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 13: Diane Neal attends 'Orange Cinema Serie Party' at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort during the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 13, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 11: Diane Neal attends 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Photocall at the Grimaldi Forum on June 11, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 10: Diane Neal arrives at the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival 2012 - Opening Ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum on June 10, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 15: Actresses Diane Neal (L) and Tracie Thoms attend the 2nd Annual Montblanc presentation of The 24 Hour Plays Los Angeles announcement held at Montblanc Rodeo Drive Boutique on May 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. The 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles is a benefit for Urban Arts Partnership. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Montblanc)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- Season 5 -- Pictured: Diane Neal as A.D.A. Casey Novak -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Valentine's Day' Episode 1317 -- Pictured: Diane Neal as Casey Novak -- (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 5: 'In Case of Complications' -- Diane Neal guest stars as Attorney Fisher on A GIFTED MAN, Friday, Feb. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Patrick Wilson stars as Dr.Michael Holt. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Diane Neal attends the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2011 Ripple of Hope Awards dinner at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on December 5, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for RFK Center)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Reparations' Episode 1222 -- Pictured Diane Neal as ADA Casey Novak (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Diane Neal attends the Sweet Harts 'Play Date' Launch Party Benefitting The Art of Elysium at Sweet Harts on March 5, 2011 in Sherman Oaks, California. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Diane Neal attends the 10th annual 24 hour plays on Broadway at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on November 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
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In order to secure the spot on the November ballot, Neal will need 3,500 signatures.

Her campaign slogan was advertised as "Empathy & Reason. Diane Neal for Congress."

In an interview with The Daily Freeman, Neal described her political affiliations.

"I'm a little Libertarian, I'm a lot liberal, mostly progressive, but I have this amazing ability to be able to take really complicated policy and break it down into edible sound bites, which is something most progressive liberals cannot do."

The Virginia native starred in 113 episodes of "SVU" and had additional roles on series like "NCIS" and "NCIS: New Orleans."

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