Anchorman vows political fight against NRA-backed Republican after girlfriend's on-air death

It's the moment seared into everyone's mind who saw it, a young reporter gunned down live on TV. Now more than a year since Alison Parker's death, her anchor boyfriend has decided it's time to make a change.

29-year-old Chris Hurst, who continued reporting at the Roanoke, Virginia station WDBJ-TV after Parker's death has decided to turn to a life of politics.

Hurst is running for a Virginia state House seat, challenging NRA-backed Del. Joseph Yost. Hurst tells the AP it's a way to honor the memory of Parker.

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MARTINSVILLE, VA - AUGUST 27: Residents hold candles during a vigil for Alison Parker on Martinsville High School's football field on August 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. Two employees of WDBJ TV were killed during a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake on August 26. The victims have been identified as reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Parker, 24 and Ward, 27, worked for WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. The suspect, Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
Andy Parker, whose daughter Alison Parker was shot and killed on air during a live television segment in August, takes part in a protest and vigil against gun violence on the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, outside the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Andy (L) and Barbara Parker (C), whose daughter Alison Parker was shot and killed on air during a live television segment in August, take part in a protest and vigil against gun violence on the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, outside the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) (from 2nd L-R), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker who was shot and killed on live TV in August, participate in a rally against gun violence, on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington September 10, 2015. Also pictured is Alison Parker's boyfriend Chris Hurst (L). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Two groups with opposing views on gay rights, who came for the funeral of television cameraman Adam Ward, argue outside First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia, September 1, 2015. Ward and Reporter Alison Parker were slain during a live interview August 26 by disgruntled former employee Vester Flanagan, who later shot himself and died. REUTERS/Jason Miczek
Flowers are seen at a memorial outside of the offices for WDBJ7 where slain journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward worked in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane
Chris Hurst (R), a journalist at the station and boyfriend of slain journalist Alison Parker, pauses for a moment as Jeff Marks (L), general manager for WDBJ7, looks on while they speak with NBC's Today Show outside of the offices for WDBJ7, where slain journalists Parker and Adam Ward worked in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A picture of slain journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward is seen next to candles at a memorial outside of the offices for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia August 27, 2015. Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were shot dead on Wednesday during a live segment for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, at a local recreation site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington. Another woman was wounded. The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. REUTERS/Chris Keane
Friends and family mourn outside First Baptist Church after the funeral of television cameraman Adam Ward in Roanoke, Virginia, September 1, 2015. Ward and Reporter Alison Parker were slain during a live interview August 26 by disgruntled former employee Vester Flanagan, who later shot himself and died. REUTERS/Jason Miczek
People gather outside Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens as the funeral procession approaches for television cameraman Adam Ward in Roanoke, Virginia, September 1, 2015. Ward and Reporter Alison Parker were slain during a live interview August 26 by disgruntled former employee Vester Flanagan, who later shot himself and died. REUTERS/Jason Miczek TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ROANOKE, VA - AUGUST 30, 2015:Andy Parker, father of Alison Parker, is comforted by a family member of Parker's boyfriend and colleague, Chris Hurst, following the Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Healing to commemorate the lives of WDBJ reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward at the Jefferson Center in Shaftman Performance Hall in on August 30, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia. Parker and Ward were reportedely killed by Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams, during a live broadcast on August 26th in Moneta, Virginia. Williams later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Photo by Stephanie Klein-Davis/Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, VA - AUGUST 27: A resident holds a candle during a vigil for Alison Parker on Martinsville High School's football field on August 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. Two employees of WDBJ TV were killed during a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake on August 26. The victims have been identified as reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Parker, 24 and Ward, 27, worked for WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. The suspect, Vester Lee Flanigan, also known as Bryce Williams, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WDBJ7 Sports Anchor/Reporter Karen Loftus(R) is comforted by friend and TV reporter Ashley Monfort from NBC-12 Richmond after General Manager Jeff Marks and News Director Kelly Zuber conducted a press conference on August 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia. The former television reporter who shot dead two journalists during a live US broadcast before killing himself warned he had been a 'human powder keg... just waiting to go BOOM.' The gunman -- Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, also known as Bryce Williams --posted chilling footage of Wednesday's shocking double murder online. Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed at close range while conducting an on-air interview at the shopping center for WDBJ, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, about 240 miles (385 kilometers) southwest of Washington. Friends, family and the community at large mourned the tragedy, which renewed calls for tougher gun laws in the United States. Flanagan was said to have bought his gun legally. AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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"When we understand that life is fragile, does that mean we give up and say life ain't worth it? No," Hurst said in March at a Democratic committee meeting in Virginia. "That's when we say it is worth it, and we do what we can when we're here to try to help another person."

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The young democrat has since quit his TV job to move to a more competitive part of the state, but Hurst isn't looking to ruffle any feathers when it comes to guns. He owns one himself. Instead, he says he's looking to give law enforcement the ability to take guns away from dangerous people, so tragedies like the one he knows so well won't be repeated.

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