UPDATE: Del. Chris Hurst concedes after Jason Ballard wins Virginia’s 12th District House of Delegates seat

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UPDATE 10:06 a.m.: Incumbent Del. Chris Hurst (D) officially conceded to Jason Ballard (R) Wednesday morning in the race for the House of Delegates’ 12th District.

“This morning, I tried to reach Delegate-elect Jason Ballard to congratulate him on last night’s results and I hope we have the chance to talk soon. I wish him and his family well and that they may continue the progress the New River Valley has seen. 

I first ran for office because Southwest Virginia supported and prayed for me during my time of need in 2015 after the murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward; I wanted to give back to a community that has given me so much. The New River Valley allowed me the chance to serve when I was first elected in 2017 and I am forever grateful and indebted to each person in our beautiful valley. Thank you for the privilege and the honor of serving. 

Thank you to the thousands of supporters that have helped build a grassroots movement that demanded more of their government and went to work to make that more possible. It’s because of them that we made historic investments in broadband internet, secured more than $250 million for Amtrak to Christiansburg, and delivered more than $2 billion for long-overdue repairs to I-81. I am particularly proud we accomplished our mission of creating an Office of Children’s Ombudsman to protect vulnerable children across Virginia. We came up short last night, but tomorrow that work begins again, and I’ll be here, shoulder to shoulder, to help see this work through.

Finally, thank you to my family and friends for their incredible support as I started and now have finished this journey into public office. I am looking forward to spending a lot more time with them in the future as we plan what’s next.”

Del. Chris Hurst, District 12, Virginia House of Delegates

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The 12th District will have new representation in Richmond as Jason Ballard (R) is projected to defeat incumbent Del. Chris Hurst (D) in a much-fought-after race. 

Ballard, a councilman from Pearisburg, has been focused on job creation and helping struggling businesses regain their footing due to the ongoing pandemic. 

Virginia’s 12th District serves Giles County, as well as portions of Montgomery and Pulaski counties and the City of Radford. 

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