Chris Hurst (Virginia politician)
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
from the 12th district
|Assumed office |
January 10, 2018
|Preceded by||Joseph R. Yost|
|Born||July 9, 1987|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Emerson College (BA)|
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, receiving 54.3% of the vote.
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. He entered politics in the aftermath of the 2015 on-air murder of his girlfriend, Alison Parker. 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. In the race, Hurst was endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety (the only House of Delegates candidate to receive the endorsement), while his opponent Yost had an A rating from the NRA. Hurst also ran on LGBT rights, education, mental health, and Medicaid expansion.
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