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Pete Snyder launches convention app

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RICHMOND — So you’d like to help Virginia’s GOP pick its slate of statewide candidates this year but you have no idea how to take part in a party convention? There’s an app for that.

Pete Snyder, a Republican technology entrepreneur running for lieutenant governor, will launch an app Thursday intended to put the “nominating convention process at Virginians’ fingertips.”

The state party will chose its nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general at a convention in Richmond May 18. Taking part is not as easy as strolling into a voting booth. Certain procedures must be followed to become a delegate, and they vary across the state.

In some places, would-be delegates need only file a form. In others, they must attend a mass meeting. Every locality has its own deadlines and meeting dates.

The app, called “I’m In” and available for free at www.ImIn2013.com, allows users to use their mobile devices to find out just what hoops they need to jump through and when, no matter where they live in the state.

“To build the app, the Pete ’13 team painstakingly assembled all available convention-related delegate filing information for each of Virginia’s 134 counties and localities, and will continue to update that information in real-time to provide Virginians with everything they need to navigate the process of becoming a delegate to the RPV nominating convention on May 18th,” Snyder’s campaign said in announcing the app.

“Virginia has a wonderful convention tradition, but as we’ve campaigned throughout the Commonwealth, we’ve found that many folks don’t know exactly how to get involved and be part of it,” said campaign spokesman Chris Bond. “Pete’s a problem-solver, and the ‘I’m In’ app is his innovative way of putting that information at Virginians’ fingertips to help our fellow conservatives take part in this amazing process.”

Snyder is one of seven Republicans running to succeed Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who is not seeking re-election as he explores an independent bid for governor.

Other Republicans running for lieutenant governor are: former delegate Jeannemarie Devolites Davis; Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William County; state Sen. Stephen H. Martin of Chesterfield; Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors; Susan Stimpson, chairwoman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors; and E.W. Jackson, a Chesapeake minister who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination in this year’s U.S. Senate race.

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