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GOP candidate for governor visits Rocky Mount

GOP candidate for governor visits Rocky Mount

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GOP candidate for governor visits Rocky Mount

Pete Snyder talks with diners at Rocky Mount Burger Company on Tuesday during a campaign stop.

Entrepreneur and small business owner Pete Snyder, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Virginia governor, stopped by Rocky Mount Burger Company on Tuesday evening.

Snyder took questions from Franklin County residents, talked about his plan to open schools and called for career politicians to stand up to special interest groups, according to Kendyl Parker, operations director for Snyder’s campaign.

Snyder, the CEO of a capital investment firm, said in an interview that the state government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was the top reason he jumped into the race. He criticized Virginia’s relatively slow rollout of testing at the start of the pandemic, what he called “on-again-off-again” regulations on small businesses, and the fact that many school districts have not returned to in-person instruction.

Snyder, 48, lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Burson, and daughter.

The Snyders founded Virginia 30 Day Fund, a nonprofit whose mission is to save as many small businesses and Virginia jobs as possible by providing fully-forgivable loans for small businesses in need.

Snyder is one of nine GOP candidates vying for the nomination. Other contenders include state Sen. Amanda Chase of Chesterfield County, state Del. Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights, Peter Doran of Arlington, state Sen. Emmett Hanger of Augusta County, Merle Rutledge of Danville, Kurt Santini of Bedford County, Glenn Youngkin of Great Falls and Sergio de la Pena of Fairfax County.

The state GOP has opted to pick its nominee at a drive-up convention at Liberty University on May 8.

Democrats will choose their candidate in a state-run primary election June 8.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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