Republican Chele Farley on Thursday formally entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand.

Farley, a finance official for the New York Republican Committee, is making her first bid for public office.

“I will bring our tax dollars back home and rebuild New York,” she said in an announcement video. “But I can’t do it without you. I need you as my running mate.”

Gillibrand was first appointed to the Senate from the House of Representatives in 2009, filing the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, who was nominated secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Gillibrand last ran for re-election in 2012 and handily defeated Republican Wendy Long. She is considered a potential Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race.