RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Pete Snyder, a technology entrepreneur and former Fox News contributor, formally announced plans Tuesday to seek the GOP nomination in the race for Virginia’s governor.
Snyder highlighted his experience as a “job creator” while criticizing the leadership of Gov. Ralph Northam and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is hoping to get a second term, in a video released on Twitter.
In an interview with 8News, Snyder, the CEO of the capital investment firm Disruptor Capital, attacked the record of the previous governors and shared his displeasure with Virginia’s response to schooling during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Governor after governor has embarrassed us [Virginia],” he said. “Our schools are still closed and we are losing a generation of students.”
Snyder, who has not served in public office before, joins three other Republicans, Del. Kirk Cox (Colonial Heights), state Sen. Amanda Chase (Chesterfield) and former Pentagon official Sergio de la Peña, who have officially entered the race.
Glenn Youngkin, a former co-CEO for the investment firm The Carlyle Group, has filed paperwork with the state but has yet to announce his bid.
In 2013, Snyder was unsuccessful in his bid to become the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, a position that Northam eventually won before becoming governor.
This story will be updated.