(CNN) – Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey on Wednesday officially announced his bid to recapture his old Senate seat in Nebraska.
"Doing things the conventional way has never been my strong suit," Kerrey said in a statement. "This afternoon, I will file to become a candidate for the United States Senate in Nebraska."
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While Kerrey unveiled a new campaign website Wednesday, a spokesperson from the state's Elections Division confirmed that he had not yet filed his paperwork.
Kerrey served as senator from 1989 to 2001, following a four-year term as governor. He's widely considered the Democrats' best chance at the seat in 2012.
"I came to realize that my previous decision was the easy one, not the right one," Kerrey said in the statement Wednesday.
The Senate hopeful is running to replace Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, who's set retire at the end of his term.
"My commitment to serve Nebraska and America, and to be part of the debate about the challenges we face was too strong to dismiss," he said. "I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. We have a lot of work to do."