The Chairman of the Adams County Republican Party, Steve House, announced he’s joining the crowded Republican gubernatorial field, making him the fifth candidate to announce in as many months.

From his press release, sent out on a Saturday morning of a long weekend:

Brighton Businessman Steve House Enters Governors Race on Monday, November 11

Steve House is a healthcare consultant and has worked for more than 30 years in the healthcare industry. Steve brings the strong business background currently lacking in the race to be Colorado’s next Governor. Steve has a long track record of bringing people together to find innovative ways to use technology to improve the quality of patient care and lower costs. Now he wants to bring that experience with him to tackle the challenges facing Colorado families.

Making his entrance slightly more awkward is the fact that at least as recently as this spring, House was the finance chair for Scott Gessler, who he is now running against. In December 2012, House donated $1100 to Gessler’s campaign. Might we be seeing a refund in the next report?

House joins State Senator Greg Brophy, former Congressman Tom Tancredo, Secretary of State Gessler and former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp in the primary field.