Slain Virginia Journalist's Dad Announces Bid for Congress

Andy Parker, the father of WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker, who was gunned down along with cameraman Adam Ward in a horrific shooting aired on live television and social media in 2015, speaks during an interview at his home in Collinsville, Virginia, Oct. 20, 2017.
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The father of a Virginia journalist fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 announced his bid for Congress on Thursday.

Andy Parker plans to seek the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s newly-drawn 5th District and challenge Rep. Bob Good, a first-term Republican closely allied with former President Donald Trump, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Parker said he will have a running mate in the race — his daughter, Alison, a reporter at Roanoke’s WDBJ-TV who was killed by a former colleague during an interview at Smith Mountain Lake.

“She’ll be with me every step of the way,” he said of his 24-year-old daughter.

Parker, 68, has taken up other political battles since his daughter’s death, pushing for gun-control measures and fighting Facebook for allowing the video of his daughter’s slaying to circulate.

Parker lives in Henry County, just outside the new district. Congressional candidates do not have to live within the district they represent. But he notes that he’s 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the district and has lived there for 25 years.

Four Democrats also have declared their candidacy for the 5th District nomination: Shadi Ayyas, Lewis Combs, Warren McLellan and Josh Throneburg.

Good faces a challenger for the Republican nomination: Dan Moy.

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