A former Virginia TV anchor whose girlfriend was fatally shot on-air has claimed a stunning victory over a three-term incumbent state delegate, USA Today reports. Chris Hurst, 30, supported stricter gun safety measures, but centered his campaign around other issues including expansion of Medicaid and increased funding for schools. Hurst was one of several upset winners in Virginia House elections Tuesday.
Hurst, like most Democratic candidates in the state, also ran against President Trump. “We are going to stand up to bigotry and intolerance, we are going to speak out against injustice, and we are going to fight for the most vulnerable among us,” Hurst said to rousing applause. Hurst’s girlfriend, Alison Parker, conducting a live interview for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke in 2015 when a former reporter at the station walked up and fatally shot her and cameraman Adam Ward. Police identified the shooter as Vester Flanagan, known on-air as Bryce Williams, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a police pursuit. Tens of thousands of viewers saw the shooting live on the morning news — and later saw footage of the attack from the shooter’s perspective on Flanagan’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.