In August 2015, 24-year-old WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker was tragically shot and killed live on air during a morning broadcast in Roanoke, Virginia.
Her boyfriend, Chris Hurst, who also worked for the same news station, vowed to run for office on a gun violence prevention platform. He ran as a Democrat against three-time Republican incumbent Joseph Yost and successfully flipped the House of Delegates seat from red to blue.
BREAKING: Chris Hurst (D) has unseated Del. Joseph Yost (R) in Blacksburg's #HD12. Dem pickup. Brings Dems to +12, need 5 more for control.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 8, 2017
Hurst’s opponent is endorsed by the National Rifle Association, effectively making tonight’s results a referendum on gun laws that have lent themselves to a staggering number of shootings in this country.
Chris Hurst was the boyfriend of Alison Parker, the reporter who was shot and killed live on air in 2015. His opponent was NRA-endorsed. https://t.co/sVexLJ4IUQ
— shauna (@goldengateblond) November 8, 2017
Despite his staunch opposition to guns, he is not a single-issue candidate.
“Anyone who wants to call me a single-issue candidate can look at my body of work over several years. I didn’t report on a single issue, I reported on dozens of different issues.”
At the same time, he added, “I would not be who I am right now if the person I love was not killed with a gun.”
While Republicans refuse to offer any action beyond “thoughts and prayers,” people like Chris Hurst will finally work to bring real change to a system that caters more to the gun lobby than American citizens.