It's official: Joe Miller in as candidate for 2014 U.S. Senate seat.

Well, it's official.

Joe Miller is in as candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich.

Miller, a Tea Party favorite, and one who waged a highly divisive, and controversial 2010 campaign against "senior" U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, recently filed a statement of candidacy for

the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Alaska.

The Federal Election Commission requires individuals to register as candidates when campaign contributions or spending top $5,000.

Miller had been mulling the idea since late April.

He first rose to national prominence in 2010 however, after he upset then incumbent Murkowski in the Republican primary.

Murkowski at the time admitted to giving what she called a "lackluster performance" during her campaign against Miller, and considering the race a "sure victory" before votes had

been tabulated.

Initially reserved to conceding defeat to Miller, Murkowski's loss was seen as a major blow to supporters, many who pleaded that she run in the general election that year as a "write in"


The move to run in that capacity outraged Miller supporters who said Murkowski already "had one bite at the apple."

A heated battle ensued between the two candidates, with Democratic candidate, former Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams, caught in the middle.

Murkowski defeated both Miller and McAdams in the General Election to retain her seat, and hasn't been shy voicing her opinion as to who kept her in office.

"I'm here, because you put me back here," she said in Anchorage last year during the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.

In an exclusive "sit down" interview with News Center 11, Miller detailed his intentions for a 2014 run, this time against Begich, and says "a lot of lessons have been learned

from 2010."

"We learned a lot, make no mistake," he said. "I learned that I don't have all of the answers. But I've spoken with a number of supporters that were with me in 2010. They're

glad we're making another run. This country is in a dire situation. Change is needed from the top....down."

In a statement, Miller says he's "moving forward organizing, fundraising and coordinating with volunteers."

He says he will make an official announcement of his plans at a later date.

The 2014 race is expected to be hotly contested, with Begich, the incumbent, seeking a second term.

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, a Republican, has also considered running.