(CNN) – "Joe the Plumber" took another step Wednesday in his Congressional bid.
Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, who gained notoriety during the 2008 presidential election after challenging then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on his small business tax plan, filed paperwork in Cleveland, Ohio to appear on the ballot in the GOP primary.
Wurzelbacher launched his bid for Ohio's 9th district in October and has since gathered the signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot.
"I have really enjoyed going door to door and meeting with voters," Wurzelbacher said in a statement. "The response has been great from both Democrats and Republicans."
The plumber-turned-celebrity capitalized on his political fame after the 2008 election by writing a book and making media appearances. If he wins the Republican primary, Wurzelbacher will face incumbent Democratic Representatives Marcy Kaptur or Dennis Kucinich.