With the Arena Football League apparently on its deathbed, one of its owners is turning his attention to one of the marquee House races in the country.

Columbus Destroyers co-owner Jim Renacci, the former mayor of Akron suburb Wadsworth, has filed the preliminary paperwork to challenge freshman Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio), reports to the AP.

Renacci could be formidable thanks to his political experience and his financial means. He is the first Republican to step forward to face Boccieri.

Boccieri defeated Republican Kirk Schuring 55-45 in the race to replace Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) last year.