Michigan Lt. Governor Calley to run for governor

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will seek a promotion to governor next year.

The Republican launched his long-expected candidacy on his website Tuesday while vowing to continue an economic rebound that has resulted in the addition of more than a half million jobs in Michigan.

Calley touts the Michigan unemployment rate at a 17-year low this year and says the state leads the Midwest in job creation, ranks sixth nationally and is first in new manufacturing jobs.

He told The Associated Press he is running to "continue the comeback" and to "make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation."

Calley is expected to make the formal announcement later Tuesday.

Calley is the fourth man to enter the Republican primary and the second with a high profile, joining Attorney General Bill Schuette. Gov. Rick Snyder cannot run again due to term limits.