LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo officially announced Monday he will run as a Republican candidate for the governor’s seat.

During a morning news conference at Rancho High School, where he graduated more than three decades ago, Lombardo said he will head to northern Nevada to kick off his campaign with a one-week trip that will make stops in Reno, Carson City, Winnemucca, Elko and Ely.

WATCH: Lombardo’s entire announcement.

“I’ve been here a long time and Nevada is very important to me and the success of the state is very important to me,” Lombardo said.

Lombardo said he is running as a conservative, pro-life candidate and supporter of the Second Amendment who vows to veto any new taxes.

He also took the opportunity to criticize Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for closing schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Lombardo said he spoke with some summer school students prior to his announcement.

“I asked them what is was like to learn in a pandemic. It was encouraging to hear the optimism despite the fact that our governor denied an entire generation of students months of critical education, social interaction and activities like sports, music and theater.”

Other Republican candidates for the governor’s seat include North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Reno attorney Joey Gilbert.

Asked if he was seeking former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, Lombardo said, “If I receive it, I’ll embrace it. Anybody that’s willing to endorse me and what I believe in and the direction I want to go, I’m not going to turn them away.”