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Incumbent Democratic Delegate Chris Hurst was elected in 2017. He has made gun violence prevention a center of his campaign after his girlfriend, Alison Parker, was murdered on-air during a newscast in 2015. In his time as Delegate, he voted to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians. He supports increasing education funding, and has advocated for raising teacher salaries, making college more affordable, and reforming standardized testing. Delegate Hurst wants to combat the opioid crisis, invest in clean energy options, and create opportunities for small business owners. He is pro-choice.
Republican Forrest Hite is running against Delegate Hurst. Hite is a data resource administrator with no previous political experience. While he doesn’t publicly take a stand on many issues on his website, he is running as a traditional conservative Republican.
Because of Delegate Hurst’s support of health care access, gun violence prevention, and college affordability, he is the more progressive choice in this race.
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