According to the Denver Post, Andrew Romanoff filed paperwork yesterday with the Federal Election Commission to run as the Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Representative Mike Coffman in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District in 2014.

The announcement comes amid much speculation that he would run for the seat, despite his party’s ongoing search for a better alternative and/or someone who actually lives in the district.  (Although, Romanoff did sell his house in 2010 to fund his failed Senate run, so perhaps he’s far less constrained by housing circumstances.)

The NRCC’s TQ Houlton responded to the news by saying that “Romanoff is wildly out of touch with the needs of Colorado’s hardworking families.”

Romanoff plans to spend the weekend rounding up support for his candidacy in Adams and Douglas Counties.

Romanoff is the first of potentially several Democrats to jump into the race.  Speculation continues about whether John Morse, Karen Middleton or Linda Newell will file. It seems unlikely that another rumored candidate, Rep. Rhonda Fields, will run as Romanoff’s announcement included praise from Fields.