LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will seek a promotion to governor next year, launching his long-expected candidacy Tuesday and vowing to continue an economic rebound that has resulted in the addition of more than a half million jobs in Michigan.
Calley, the lieutenant governor for nearly seven years, announced his plans in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday. He later held a campaign fundraiser at a home in Oakland County, where second-term Gov. Rick Snyder was the special guest.
Michigan’s unemployment rate hit a 17-year low this year and the state leads the Midwest in job creation, ranking sixth-best nationally and first in new manufacturing jobs — “things that have transformed people’s lives,” Calley said. He also pointed to large improvements in business climate and corporate tax ratings.
“These statistics represent a trajectory and a growth that suggest that Michigan is the comeback state. I’m running for governor to ensure that we not only continue the comeback, but we capitalize on the strong foundation we’ve laid and make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation,” Calley said in a phone interview.
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