Congressional candidate Parker concedes after losing primary nomination

Barbara and Andy Parker, parents of murdered journalist Alison Parker. (Source: NBC12)
Barbara and Andy Parker, parents of murdered journalist Alison Parker. (Source: NBC12)
Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 4:35 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A Democrat hoping to unseat 5th District Congressman Bob Good (R) in 2022 has conceded after not getting the nomination to represent his party.

Andy Parker said he submitted petitions with more than the 1,000 signatures required to compete, but the Democratic party said the 5th District Committee was only able to verify 937 as registered voters in that district, leaving Josh Throneburg the Democratic nominee for the seat.

Parker issued this statement:

I congratulate Josh Throneburg, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 5th District. I will do what I can to help Josh defeat Bob Good, a Trumper extremist who does not reflect the values of the people of VA-5. I was looking forward to a spirited primary and campaign against Good this fall, but to my great disappointment our campaign did not meet the technical requirements to be on the primary ballot. I want to thank the thousands of Virginians and supporters across America who stood with me. I will continue to work on behalf of progressive causes and Democratic candidates in 2022 and beyond.

Throneburg responded with his own statement:

Andy is a person who rose from the ashes of his tragic personal loss and dedicated himself to a life of public service; he was a tireless advocate who wanted to shield other families from the terrible grief he experienced, and I know his mission doesn’t end with this race. Andy’s presence in the campaign made me a better candidate, and I look forward to working together to defeat Bob Good in November. To the many Virginians who supported Andy and are disappointed by this outcome: I want to extend a welcoming invitation to learn more about me and my campaign for the Fifth District. I think you’ll find we have more in common than not, and I hope I can earn your support. Onward to November!

Parker said he wanted to run because he was inspired to “make a difference” by his daughter Alison, our colleague at WDBJ7 who was murdered in 2015. He has been a vocal advocate for legislation targeting gun-related violence.

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