Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Snyder to run for GOP Lt. Gov nomination
Add another Republican to the growing list of those seeking the party’s nomination next year for lieutenant governor.
Pete Snyder — an entrepreneur who this year was chairman of the Republicans’ coordinated campaign in Virginia — is the sixth Republican to officially enter the race, and more are said to be considering a run. Official candidates so far include Stafford supervisor Susan Stimpson, former state senator Jeannemarie Davis, Prince William supervisor Corey Stewart, Del. Scott Lingamfelter and state Sen. Steve Martin.
Here’s Snyder’s press release announcing his candidacy:
SPRINGFIELD, VA – Technology entrepreneur, social media pioneer and conservative Fox News commentator Pete Snyder today announced his candidacy to become the 40th Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“The technology company that booted up in my kitchen over a decade ago created hundreds of high-paying Virginia jobs over the years, and founded an entirely new industry worldwide,” said Snyder. “I learned that big ideas, constant innovation and putting customers first drives growth and prosperity. As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll apply those lessons so we reform and transform our education system, make Virginia number one in the nation in new job creation and stop the rush to higher taxes and job-killing regulation.”
Snyder was the founder and CEO of New Media Strategies (NMS), the world’s first social media marketing agency based in Arlington, VA. NMS was named to the “Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” list three times. Both Washingtonian Magazine and Washington Business Journal called NMS one of the area’s “Best Places to Work.” Snyder was named “2006 Best Boss” by Fortune Small Business, a “Tech Titan” twice by Washingtonian Magazine and a “Disruptor We Admire” by Smart CEO Magazine.
“We need to fix our country and our party,” said Snyder. “We’ve gone from Ronald Reagan’s Big Tent to something more resembling a pup tent. Some say capitulation and higher taxes are the answer. I think that is dead wrong. We need to double down on our conservative principles and work to win hearts and minds with big, bold, new ideas like Education Reform that will help Virginia to lead again,” said Snyder.
Snyder, a graduate of the College of William and Mary, was appointed to its Board of Visitors by Governor Bob McDonnell. He serves on the marketing board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of Cushing Academy. He is also a World Championship certified BBQ judge.
He and his wife Burson live in Fairfax County, Virginia.