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(WZZM) - Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is throwing her hat into the ring forthe U.S. Senate.

Land announced her intentions Monday morning on her Facebook page. She states that she will be putting together a strategy and policy team and filing the appropriate paper work by July 1.

Land will be running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Carl Levin who announced he will not be running again when his term expires in 2014.

Below is the complete text of Land's Facebook post:

I would like to thank everyone who has been encouraging me to run for US 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.

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.