Chris Hurst (Virginia politician)

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Chris Hurst
Chris Hurst on election day (2017-11-07) at the polling station of Margaret Beeks Elementary School in Blacksburg, VA
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 12th district
Assumed office
January 10, 2018 (2018-01-10)
Preceded byJoseph R. Yost
Personal details
Born (1987-07-09) July 9, 1987 (age 32)[1]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.[2]
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBlacksburg, Virginia[3]
Alma materEmerson College (BA)
OccupationJournalist, politician

Chris Hurst (born July 9, 1987) is an American journalist, former news anchor and politician of the Democratic Party serving as a Delegate in the Virginia House of Delegates for the state's 12th district. He defeated Republican incumbent Joseph R. Yost in the November 2017 election,[4] receiving 54.3% of the vote.[5]

Hurst was formerly a journalist for Roanoke's WDBJ; he became an anchor at 22, which the station said made him the youngest anchor in the country.[6] He entered politics in the aftermath of the 2015 on-air murder of his girlfriend, Alison Parker.[7] In February 2017 he left his job and lived on his savings in order to run for the House of Delegates in the 12th district.[8] In the race, Hurst was endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety (the only House of Delegates candidate to receive the endorsement),[4] while his opponent Yost had an A rating from the NRA.[9] Hurst also ran on LGBT rights,[9] education, mental health,[4] and Medicaid expansion.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynter, Dontei (November 8, 2017). "Chris Hurst Wiki: Girlfriend's Murder & 4 Facts about the Former News Anchor". Earn the Necklace. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Yee, Erica (November 8, 2017). "Emerson grad whose girlfriend was killed on-air wins Virginia statehouse seat". Boston.com. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Morris, Chris (November 8, 2017). "Boyfriend of Reporter Killed On Air Wins Virginia House Seat". Fortune. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Engel Bromwich, Jonah (November 8, 2017). "Chris Hurst, Whose Girlfriend Was Fatally Shot on Air, Defeats N.R.A.-Backed Opponent". The New York Times. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Tatum, Sophie (November 8, 2017). "Ex-TV anchor Chris Hurst wins race for Virginia house". CNN. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  6. ^ Schneider, Gregory S. (2017-08-24). "In a polarized Virginia district, differences between the Republican and the Democrat may surprise you". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  7. ^ Boyfriend of reporter killed on live TV aims to unseat NRA-endorsed lawmaker, by Lois Beckett, at the Guardian; published February 22, 2017; retrieved November 8, 2017
  8. ^ Forman, Carmen; Korth, Robby. "Chris Hurst upsets Del. Joseph Yost in New River Valley race". Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  9. ^ a b Beckett, Lois (2017-11-08). "Chris Hurst, whose girlfriend died in live TV shooting, beats NRA candidate in Virginia". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-27.