Pete Snyder kicks off campaign for Governor

Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 8:10 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Republican Pete Snyder has joined the Virginia governor’s race.

The Charlottesville entrepreneur launched his campaign with the release of a video Tuesday morning.

“I’m running for governor, because I believe we need change,” Snyder said in the video. “And it’s time Virginia leads again.”

Snyder ran for lieutenant governor in 2013. In an interview with WDBJ7, he said his top priority is to reopen schools and get children back into the classroom.

“It’s absolutely impossible,” Snyder said of the restrictions that have required virtual learning. “It’s hurting our economy. It’s hurting Virginia. And we’re going to lose a generation of students and children if we don’t act quickly. We’ve got to open our schools right away.”

Snyder and his wife Burson also created the Virginia 30 Day Fund, which has provided forgivable loans to more than 850 Virginia businesses.

“Virginians needed help. We had a plan. And we went after it and we helped many people. And it became a model for the nation,” Snyder said. “And that’s what I’ll do to unite this Commonwealth and make sure we’re focused on the problems that really matter.”

At least four other Republicans are vying for the GOP nomination.

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