Former state senator Jeannemarie Devolites Davis is officially in the race to become Virginia’s next lieutenant governor.

Davis filed paperwork with the Virginia State Board of Elections earlier this month announcing her intent to run for the office as a Republican. Elections officials confirmed Monday that the agency has accepted her filing.

Davis, 56, served three terms in the House of Delegates between 1997 and 2002 and one term in the Virginia Senate, from 2003 to 2007 before losing her re-election bid. She recently resigned as director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington after being appointed to the position by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) in 2010. Her husband is former congressman Tom Davis.

Davis joins a crowded field of contenders in the race for lieutenant governor, including four other candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the job. She is seeking the position being vacated by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who is running for governor next year.