The filing was not a surprise since Heiner has been traveling the state for months and has already been running campaign ads.
He and his running mate, K.C. Crosbie, filed their papers late Monday morning after speaking to supporters outside the Kentucky Capitol.
Heiner is a businessman and former member of Louisville’s Metro Council.
He said, "My goal is that Kentucky’s business climate will be in the top 10 states in the country within two years and that’s gonna help families."
Crosbie last worked for the Republican Party of Kentucky and served three terms on the Urban County Council in Lexington.
The deadline to file for the governor’s race is Tuesday afternoon.
As of Monday afternoon, five candidates have filed to run for governor.
Heiner will face Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott in the May primary.
Former Congressional candidate Geoff Young and Attorney General Jack Conway are the two Democrats who have filed for the race so far.