AL.com by Mike Cason -- State Sen. Rusty Glover, a Mobile native and retired high school teacher, has announced he will run for lieutenant governor in 2018.
Glover, a Republican who lives in Semmes, has served in the Senate since 2006 and served one term in the House of Representatives before that.
"I've been serving the people of my district, and now I want to serve all the people of Alabama," Glover said in a news release from his campaign.
Glover also said in the release that he would focus on accountability and transparency in state government, and bringing good-paying jobs to the state.
Glover has sponsored legislation to end use of the Common Core curriculum standards in Alabama public schools. That legislation has not passed.
"I think we need high standards, but Common Core is not the way to solve the problem for our children or our teachers," Glover said in the news release.
Glover said he plans to travel the state extensively over the next two years to hear concerns of Alabama residents.
Glover retired after 25 years of teaching from Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes.
Glover is a graduate of B.C. Rain High School, Faulkner State Community College and the University of South Alabama.
State Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said she did not know of any other candidates who have announced they will seek the party's nomination for lieutenant governor.
Qualifying has not officially started for next year's primaries.
Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey is serving her second term and is barred by term limits from seeking another.