Chris’s Story: “I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia. When I came here almost a decade ago as a reporter, I quickly identified with our shared values of strong families, a strong faith and personal integrity. I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains and the people living in small towns with big hearts.
“As a journalist, I’ve been a fierce advocate for families struggling for access to mental health care and equality in education for students with special needs. I’ve investigated reasons why our workforce must adapt for the careers of the future. I’ve documented the dramatic rise of child abuse and opioid addiction. And I’ve held government leaders accountable while showing how our first responders are left without vital resources.
“I decided to leave journalism and run for office after recovering from profound tragedy. In 2015, I was just beginning a new life with my late girlfriend, Alison Parker. Alison and Adam Ward’s murder on television shocked the country and set me on a different path. My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions. Your continued prayers and support now give me the strength to move forward and be a courageous fighter for all Virginians.”
Endorsements: Chris has been endorsed by Sen. Kaine, Sen. Warner and former 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher, as well as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and many more.
Author of this writeup Stacy Snyder told us that she “was incredibly impressed with him from the very first time I met him. This race is especially meaningful to me because Chris is running in my hometown district. … Chris understands the importance of listening – and especially what that means to his voters – many of whom think that their voices are not heard by Richmond or Washington.”
Incumbent: Republican Joseph Yost opposes Medicaid expansion. Even though approximately 3,700 of his constituents would benefit from more affordable access to much needed medical care, Del. Yost has chosen his party over Virginia’s most vulnerable populations.
Election Facts: Secretary Clinton won this district with 47.7% of the vote, 2.9% more than Trump received. Hurst has out-raised Yost and has more cash on hand. This race has been characterized as a “toss up.”