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Snyder Announces Run For Re-Election

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Governor Rick Snyder is making it official: he's running for re-election.

The Snyder administration reports that he'll kick off his campaign with a two day, six stop state-wide tour that starts on Monday, which will include a stop in Lansing.

On Monday, he'll visit the following:

 - James Group International in Detroit from 10a.m. to 11a.m.; Two Men and a Truck in Lansing from 1p.m. to 2p.m.; Downtown Market in Grand Rapids from 3:45p.m. to 5p.m.

On Tuesday, he'll visit the following:

 - Alfie Embroidery in Traverse City from 9a.m. to 10a.m.; Zehnder's in Frankenmuth from 1p.m. to 2p.m.; Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills from 3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.

The tour comes a day after his ad will appear in the Super Bowl. Snyder kicked off his political career with an ad in the game four years ago. Snyder, then a political novice, went on to beat several other officer holders in the GOP primary and then best Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the 2010 general election.

He also announced he created a new non-profit fund to replace the "Nerd Fund" used to pay certain government expenses. However, it came under fire for not disclosing the names of its donors. Snyder says the new non-profit will be more transparent will not include anonymous donations. He says much like the Nerd Fund, it will be in place to "lessen the burden of the government."

The news is not unexpected. Snyder used his recent "State of the State" address to talk about the gains Michigan has made during his tenure.

Democrats, among other things, say the Snyder raised taxes on senior citizens and people with pensions while giving businesses tax breaks.

Snyder will likely face former Congressman Mark Schauer, the leading candidate for the Democrats. If Snyder wins, it will be his second and last term as governor. By law, he's only allowed to hold the office for two terms.

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