Alison Parker's parents were among the celebrants Tuesday night at the Hyatt Place in Blacksburg, WDBJ reported.
“I know that Alison is smiling and she's with us and enjoying every minute of this," Alison Parker's father, Andy Parker, told the news station. "I will never see my dreams for her come true, but I think I will for Chris."
After the shooting, Hurst became the public face of the grieving Roanoke station, bringing national attention and a large social media following. Hurst left WDBJ after the shooting and moved to Blacksburg in February to run in the 12th District, the Times reported.
"I think (Alison Parker) would have been proud of me," Hurst told WDBJ. "I think knowing Alison and how determined and driven she was, she probably would have wanted me to perform even better (than) we did."
Hurst’s campaign was backed by gun-control groups, but that wasn’t his main campaign issue. Instead, he focused on education, health care and the environment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.