LANSING -

Former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land has announced she is running for U.S. senate in an attempt to fill the seat left vacant by U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

In a statement released she said:

"I would like to thank everyone who has been encouraging me to run for U.S. Senate. Representing our magnificent state of Michigan and your interests in Congress would be the greatest honor. We need conservative leadership now more than ever because of high unemployment, huge deficits and a spendthrift Congress," Land said in a statement. "Beginning today, I am putting together a campaign strategy and a policy team. I will be filing the appropriate paper work by July 1 to become a Republican primary candidate. Now is our chance to win. I eagerly look forward to speaking with you face-to-face about ways to launch our country to prosperity while defending our liberty and freedoms."

No other republicans have officially thrown their hats into the race, although U.S. Rep. Mike Roger of Howell has said he is considering joining the race.