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Snyder To Run For Lieutenant Governor

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — Republican leader Jim Snyder has announced that he will enter the race for lieutenant governor.

"My family and I have decided the best way for me to serve the people of North Carolina is to unite our party as a candidate for lieutenant governor," Snyder said Thursday. "People know me as a straight-shooter, someone who says what he means and means what he says, and I will bring my conservative ideas for common-sense reform across our entire state."

Snyder, an attorney, author and businessman, has a statewide organization of conservative Republicans already in place. According to a March 2002 Elon University survey, Snyder has nearly 20 percent statewide name identification among general election voters -- the same level as two major gubernatorial candidates.

"We need the strongest possible candidate for lieutenant governor, running hand-in-hand with our gubernatorial nominee, to increase our chances of a major Republican victory," Snyder said. "I am offering myself to unite Republicans across the state in this campaign, because if we run as a team next year, we will beat the Democrats.

"Because of our highly-contested gubernatorial primary, I fear more fire will be directed at fellow Republicans rather than at the real target -- the Easley administration and liberal Democrats. That is why I will keep our party's sights focused on the need for real change -- the need to replace a liberal Democrat establishment, which continues to raise our taxes,refuses to address true spending reforms, and which recently raided millions belonging to struggling family farmers across our state. Clearly, we must have change."

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