MI Lt. Governor Calley seeks promotion to top job

Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

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

The Republican launched his long-expected candidacy 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.

The following statement was posted Tuesday on his website:

“More than 500,000 new jobs have been created since I became your Lieutenant Governor. We are #1 in job growth among the Great Lakes states and 6th in the nation. We are #1 in America in new manufacturing jobs in addition to seeing diverse growth across all sectors. Incomes are rising at a top 10 pace, and Detroit is America’s comeback city. Michigan is on the rise. When Rick and I were first elected, the state had just been through a decade-long financial and economic crisis. Michigan needed bold leadership, and that’s exactly what I brought to the table. We not only fixed it; Michigan is now a model for the nation. We are 7 for 7 in passing balanced budgets months ahead of schedule. We reduced the state’s debt by over $20 billion, and we deposited nearly $900 million in the rainy-day fund.The Snyder/Calley team delivered on our promise to reinvent Michigan. In fact, our biggest problem today is that job growth is outpacing workforce availability. But this election is not about where we’ve been or how far we’ve come. It’s about the future. It’s about building on the strong foundation we have laid and bringing Michigan to the next level. 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.”

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.