In case anyone thought the Republican Party needed more candidates for the presidential nomination, today brings good news.

Jim Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, has filed paperwork to become the 17th candidate for the Republican nomination.

"The race is not jelling around the other candidates. It just isn't,"Gilmore told the Washington Examiner. "Now I recognize I've got a long way to go, OK. I'm not unmindful of this, but it is possible because of the campaign environment."

In a piece for Breitbart explaining his candidacy, Gilmore emphasized his commitment to increased military spending and lower taxes.

"I have a vision for a different America," Gilmore wrote. "One that will return America to the policies of a dynamic, entrepreneurial free-market economy and a policy of peace-through-strength for our national security."

A former intelligence agent for the U.S. Army during the Cold War, Gilmore served as the governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002, chaired the Republican National Committee in 2001, and served as the attorney general of Virginia from 1994 to 1997. He briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2007, and lost a 2008 Virginia senate election.