COMMERCE, Mich. -

Oakland County businessman and foreclosure attorney Dave Trott on Wednesday announced he's entering the race for Michigan's 11th Congressional district seat.

The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, who took over when former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter failed to qualify for the 2012 election because of a signature snafu -- which eventually turned into an election fraud case.

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Trott calls himself an "outsider who is not beholden to any special interest."

"As a job-creator, I will work every day to create an environment where our economy can grow," Trott said in a statement. "I am committed to cutting spending, lowering taxes and promoting the free enterprise system that made our country great. Washington is not working and needs a leader with the common sense and courage to tell the truth. Someone who will spend time helping the constituents of the 11th district, as opposed to someone who is only concentrated on getting reelected, that is why I am announcing my campaign for Congress."

The Republican is touting that he has strong support from party leaders in the state, including former State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox, Former Congressional candidate Rocky Raczkowski, and Ronna Romney McDaniel.

"Our great country has a serious leadership deficit and we can no longer ignore the challenges before us. Now more than ever, our country needs strong elected leaders, with a proven track record of integrity and effectiveness. Dave Trott is that leader. His no-nonsense style, coupled with his years as an innovative business owner and job creator make him uniquely qualified to be our conservative voice in Washington," Bishop said.

Trott, his wife and three children live in Birmingham.

Statement from the Michigan Democratic Party:

"David Trott has gotten rich by helping to kick Michigan’s middle class families out of their homes, and somehow thinks he deserves a promotion for it,” said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “With a record of profiting from the misery of Michigan’s families who were hurt by the Wall Street crash, David Trott would only enable predatory lenders and Wall Street fat cats - which is why he cannot win a primary election, much less a general election"