LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) -- Michigan State University law professor Mark Totten has officially joined the race to become the state's next top lawyer.
MLive.com 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.
AGforUs.com 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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