Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announces run for governor

- Another candidate has entered the race for Michigan governor. 

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will seek a promotion to governor next year, launching his long-expected candidacy Tuesday. 

Calley, the lieutenant governor for nearly seven years, is announcing his plans Tuesday with an announcement on his website and a series of TV interviews. Calley appeared on The Nine Tuesday morning to talk more about his platform. You can hear from him in the video player above. 

"I am running for Governor to make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation. I represent a new generation, and in a time of extreme polarization and soundbite candidates, a real and sincere approach to public service," the announcement on Calley's website reads

Calley is the fourth man vying for the Republican nomination, joining Attorney General Bill Schuette. Schuette has already been endorsed by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

The other Republican hopefuls are conservative state senator Patrick Colbeck and Saginaw-area Dr. Jim Hines. 

Calley, 40, is a former community banker from Portland who specialized in tax issues as a lawmaker in the state House from 2007 through 2010. As lieutenant governor, he has helped to cut business taxes and government regulations and has advocated for special education, autism insurance, mental health and prescription drug abuse reforms. This year, he spearheaded a ballot drive to make the Legislature a part-time body.

In 2016, Calley spent many days in Flint -- including going door to door -- to help with initiatives such as identifying homes with lead pipes in the wake of the city's water crisis. He said he was there so much that he filed a city income tax return there.  

The disaster, which has primarily been blamed on the Snyder administration, has resulted in Schuette criminally charging 15 current and former government officials, including two members of the governor's cabinet. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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