CARSON CITY, Nev. — Former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller will announce a bid for governor of Nevada in Carson City on Monday, joining a crowded field of Republican hopefuls vying for a chance to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak in 2022.

A party official and person close to the campaign not authorized to publicly comment on the special announcement confirmed Heller would declare his candidacy at an event in Carson City.

His entrance into the race in the western battleground state adds a high-profile candidate to what’s expected to be among the most competitive of the next year’s 36 gubernatorial elections.

Later Monday, Heller will travel to Las Vegas to tour Share Village Las Vegas, an organization that provides essential services to southern Nevada’s veterans. 

Heller lost his U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Jacky Rosen in 2016.

Other declared Republican candidates include Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombard and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee.