WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Rep. Joe Hoeffel officially joined the crowded Democratic gubernatorial field in Pennsylvania Monday.
"I am in the race and I am ready to ride!" Hoeffel said on his Facebook page.
The self-described progressive is in the race to replace Gov. Ed Rendell, who is term-limited. Hoeffel joins a Democratic primary field that includes Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, Auditor General Jack Wagner, Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and businessman Tom Knox.
Hoeffel was a congressman from 1999-2004, but gave up his seat inan unsuccessful bit to unseat Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican. He is now the Montgomery County Commissioner.