Chris Hurst, former anchor at WDBJ-TV (Channel 7) in Roanoke, Va., announced plans Saturday to run for state House. Hurst may be best known as the boyfriend of slain reporter Alison Parker, who was killed along with cameraman Adam Ward, during an on-air ambush in August 2015 by a former WDBJ7 employee. The incident gained international attention and put the small “Hometown Station” in the spotlight.
He will run for the democratic nomination in the 12th House District, which covers much of Montgomery, Giles, Pulaski counties and the city of Radford in southwest Virginia. The seat is currently held by Del. Joseph Yost (R), who plans to run for a fourth term this year.
Since the death of Parker, Hurst has been a proponent for stricter gun laws. He announced last month he would be leaving the co-anchor desk, saying his future was unknown. Slated to stay on the job through the month, a schedule change meant Hurst would leave Friday.
Hurst has been with the station for seven years. He’s never held public office.