Former Rep. Clauida Tenney has been added to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program, giving her “on the radar” status a month after she announced her plans to win back the seat she lost a year ago.

“I am grateful for the early recognition by the NRCC of the strong campaign we are putting together on the ground to win back NY-22. This is one of the most important races in the country and it is important we are unified going into Election Day next year,” Tenney said in a statement.

Tenney last year was defeated by Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi in the closely watched 22nd congressional district, which includes parts of the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier regions of the state.

Given its Republican tilt, and the support President Trump drew in his 2016 election when he carried the district that year, the seat is once again expected to be one of the more competitive House races in New York, if not the country.

She faces George Phillips, Steve Cornwell and Franklin Sager for the Republican nomination in June.

The Young Guns program requires Republican candidates to reach certain benchmarks for support and fundraising in an election cycle.