BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – A former Virginia news anchor whose girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 says he plans to run for a seat in the House of Delegates.
Chris Hurst yesterday filed his paperwork to run for House of Delegates from Virginia’s 12th District. Hurst, whose girlfriend, reporter Alison Parker, was killed during an on-air shooting in 2015, resigned as anchor at WDBJ-TV (Channel 7) in Roanoke on Friday. He had been at WDBJ-TV for more than seven years, starting his career as a weekend reporter, and then becoming the station’s evening anchor.
Chris Hurst tells The Roanoke Times that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 12th House District seat. The seat is currently held by Republican Del. Joseph Yost, who says he will run for re-election.
Hurst left WDBJ-TV on Friday. He was dating reporter Alison Parker in August 2015 when she was fatally shot while conducting an interview on live TV. WDBJ cameraman Adam Ward was also killed.
Hurst has never held public office. He says that while reducing gun violence will be a big part of his campaign, he is also interested in many other issues.