Chris Hurst was living with fellow journalist Alison Parker when she and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former co-worker while reporting for WDBJ-TV in August 2015.
Now, the 29-year-old Hurst is challenging a National Rifle Association-backed candidate for a competitive House seat in a firearm friendly part of the state.
Republicans stress their candidate's deep roots in the district and paint Hurst as an outsider seeking political advancement.
Incumbent Del. Joseph Yost has earned a reputation in Richmond as a humble hard worker and champion for bolstering mental health services.
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