In an effort to distinguish himself from his six comeptitors in the race for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor Pete Snyder is embarking on what his campaign calls a "rock n' roll tour style" campaign swing through the state.
As part of the "Ironclad Conservative" tour that started Wednesday in Roanoke, the Northern Virginia technology entrepreneur and College of William and Mary alumnus will bring his road show to Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton Monday.
The event takes place at 6 p.m. Sandy Bottom Nature Park is located at 1255 Big Bethel Road.
In keeping with the theme campaign staff will be selling concert-style tee shirts reminiscent of 1980s hair metal bands.
Snyder, a certified world champion barbecue judge, will be bringing along his barbeque smoker, the Pig Rig, which has become a staple of his campaign stops.
The tour culminates at the Republican statewide convention in May, where party faithful will choose the GOP nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
"All April long, the Rig and I will be smoking up some big, bold Virginia barbeque along with our big, bold, conservative ideas," Snyder said in a press release. "Given the higher taxes coming out of both Washington and Richmond, we know Virginians are hungry — hungry for an end to the political status quo, and for some serious Virginia 'que and some serious conservative reform in Richmond."
In addition to Snyder, state Sen. Steve Martin of Chesterfield, former Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis of Vienna; Chesapeake based minister E.W. Jackson; Del. Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William; chairwoman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors Susan Stimpson; and chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors Corey Stewart are seeking the party's nomination.
On side of the aisle former U.S. chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra and state Sen Ralph Northam of Norfolk will face off in a June primary for teh Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.