Republican Pete Snyder joins crowded Virginia governor contest

Virginia GOP will pick its nominee at a convention in May.

Pete Snyder
Pete Snyder (Pete Snyder For Governor)

Entrepreneur and former Fox News contributor Pete Snyder has joined the crowded field seeking the Republican nomination for Virginia governor.

The CEO of a capital investment firm, Snyder said in a campaign video released Tuesday that he was running as an innovator, disruptor and problem solver seeking to shake up state politics after “eight years of failed leadership” by Democrats in the governor’s mansion.

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

Snyder, who previously founded a social media marketing company, New Media Strategies, unsuccessfully sought the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor in 2013. He, his wife and daughter live in Charlottesville, and he now runs Disruptor Capital, an angel capital investment firm that focuses on “on funding and growing disruptive technologies, ideas and entrepreneurs,” according to its website.

Snyder is joining a wide GOP field that in recent weeks has seen two other Republicans jump in or indicate they are running.

Sergio de la Peña is a retired Army officer who touted his early support for former President Donald Trump in a campaign launch video. Glenn Youngkin, who retired as co-CEO last year from the investment firm the Carlyle Group, has filed paperwork signaling a run. Like Snyder, neither has served in elected office before.

Also in the race is firebrand conservative state Sen. Amanda Chase, as well as state Del. Kirk Cox, who was the powerful speaker of the House when Republicans last controlled the chamber.