A familiar face officially joined the Republican primary race Monday night to decide who will challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the Nov. 4 general election.

Joe Miller kicked off his campaign in Wasilla, adding his name to a GOP list which includes Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan, a former state attorney general and Department of Natural Resources commissioner.

Miller, a conservative Fairbanks lawyer, is familiar to many Alaskans from his 2010 run for Senate. He defeated Sen. Lisa Murkowski for the Republican nomination, but lost the general election to her after she mounted a comeback campaign as a write-in candidate; Democratic nominee Scott McAdams came in third.

Introduced to a crowd of more than 100 people by a pastor and a gun rights advocate, and surrounded by his family, Miller says this race will end differently than 2010’s. He says he plans to address many of the same issues he took on during his last campaign.

“I've had enough of this gangster government,” Miller said. “I've had enough of the surveillance state. I've had enough of the tyrannical IRS using its agency to do anything it wants to the likes of us; I'm up to my eyeballs with the EPA.”

Miller, Treadwell and Sullivan are all slated to appear in a Friday debate among GOP Senate nominees, which will air at 7 p.m. on Channel 2.

While the forum is being hosted by the Alaska Press Club and will be moderated by Channel 2's Steve Mac Donald, the questions will come from Alaskans like you. To submit a question for the candidates, either record a YouTube video of yourself asking the question and email a link to, or post your question on Twitter with the hashtag Alaska Asks (#akasks).