Republican businessman and GOP spokesman Pete Snyder formally entered the race for Virginia Lt. Governor Monday with an exclusive announcement on NBC12 First at 4.
Snyder, a close ally of Governor Bob McDonnell and wealthy entrepreneur had long been expected to enter an already crowded field. He made it official during a live TV interview.
"People want to have someone in office with acutal private sector experience," Snyder said.
When I asked about his lack of experience running for office, he pointed back to his experience in the business world.
"I've been on a pretty big stage before, I am looking forwarded to really contributing to turning our economy around," he said.
Snyder said one of his major focuses will be education reform.
Snyder's announcement was foreshadowed by a largely glowing column urging him to get into the race by conservative radio talk show host John Fredericks. Fredericks wrote on the popular conservative web site Bearing Drift that Snyder offers a fresh perspective that the GOP desperately needs.
The announcement by Snyder means the "formal" field of candidates Lt. Governor is now at five.
Prince William County Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart, Prince William Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, former legislator Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, the wife of former Rep. Tom Davis, Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chair Susan Stimpson and now Snyder have all announced plans to mount a campaign at the GOP convention.
There are (at least) three other candidates still mulling a run. They include Chesterfield State Senator Steve Martin, Virginia Beach Delegate Jeff McWaters and former U.S. Senate candidate Bishop E.W. Jackson.
(There is a very good chance that I have left someone out, because almost every time I attempt to compile this list I do).
Our one on one interview with Snyder where he makes his formal announcement can be found below: