Chris Hurst on being elected in Virginia.

He Lost Someone to Gun Violence, but Chris Hurst Isn’t Coming for the Second Amendment

He Lost Someone to Gun Violence, but Chris Hurst Isn’t Coming for the Second Amendment

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Dec. 14 2017 11:43 PM

Revisiting Another Democratic Wave

How Chris Hurst became one of Virginia’s newest state representatives, with some indirect help from a petting zoo.

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Chris Hurst, Virginia delegate.

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Chris Hurst doesn’t want you to know him as the guy whose girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast. But it is a huge part of what compelled him to pursue elected office: “Part of what I want to do is … take this spotlight, that I wish I had a receipt for … ’cause I’d gladly return it, and shine it on people that aren’t normally seen.” Hurst is a newly elected state representative in Virginia.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.