LITTLE ROCK — Former 4th District congressman and state senator Mike Ross officially entered the race for the Democratic nomination for governor Wednesday morning.

Ross has a state flyaround today to announce his decision, but official word came at 8 this morning in his hometown of Prescott. A Twitter account of his wife, Holly (@hollyupdates), has a video link to his campaign’s TV-ad quality announcement. In it, Ross stresses that he is a fifth-generation Arkansan who attended public schools and a state university, as did his children. He mentions starting a business with his wife and his public service in the state Senate and Congress.

"I’m running for governor, because I believe in our future and I want to use my experience of bringing people together to unite our state and move Arkansas forward," Ross says on his website.

The candidate says he plans to make appearances in 30 Arkansas communities during the next 10 days.

Ross, a self-descrsibed conservative, was a leader of the Blue Dog Democrats in Congress — a group dedicated to finding solutions that would bring together Democrats and Republicans.

Campaign stops Wednesday were to include one on the Capitol steps in Little Rock.

Ross faces fellow Democrat Bill Halter, a former lieutenant governor, for the nomination. Republicans Asa Hutchinson, also a former congressman, and businessman Curtis Coleman also have announced their candidacies.