Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 21, 2013, 5:50pm

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) -- Michigan State University law professor Mark Totten has officially joined the race to become the state's next top lawyer. reported earlier this week that Totten, a Democrat, sent an email to supporters saying he decided to run.

In May, Totten took the first step in making a possible run for attorney general in 2014, filing paperwork to establish a candidate committee.

Totten said in his email to supporters Monday that he is running to "restore the people's trust" in a post he argues has been politicized by current Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Totten has been an associate professor at MSU since 2008. He has also worked as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in West Michigan and as a staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 2010, he ran for the state Senate, but finished third in the Democratic primary.

Totten is also behind a new website highlighting Schuette's record. is a self-described "statewide, grassroots movement calling the Michigan attorney general to stand for the people of this state."

Schuette, a Republican, has yet to announce his plans for re-election.

No other Democrats have entered the race.

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