JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's lone U.S. House member has made it official: he wants a 24th term.

Rep. Don Young filed his declaration of candidacy on Wednesday, just five months since his most recent win. The primary he signed up to compete in won't be held until August 2018.

Young is the longest-serving Republican in the House, having held his seat since 1973. He is 83 years old.

In a video statement accompanying his announcement, Young, who has a reputation of being prickly, says he filed early so that anyone who might think about running or who thinks he might retire "can forget it."

He says he likes what he does, is good at what he does and is right for Alaska.

The filing deadline for the primary is June 1, 2018.