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(CNN)Andy Parker, whose daughter Alison, a TV reporter, was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015, announced Thursday that he's running for Congress.

"In 2015, my 24-year-old daughter, Alison Parker, was shot and killed on live television. I had a choice to retreat into my grief or honor Alison's life through action.
I chose the latter," Parker tweeted.

In 2015, my 24-year-old daughter, Alison Parker, was shot and killed on live television. I had a choice to retreat into my grief or honor Alison's life through action. I chose the latter. I'm running for Congress because Central and Southside Virginia need a fighter in Congress.

— Andy Parker (@AndyParkerVA) January 27, 2022 A longtime gun control advocate and supporter of greater regulation of the tech industry, Parker is seeking the Democratic nomination in Virginia's 5th Congressional District. The district has been controlled by Republicans since 2011 and is considered "Solid Republican" by the Cook Political Report.
    The seat is currently occupied by Republican Rep. Bob Good, a strong gun rights supporter who voted to overturn the 2020 election results and has embraced former President Donald Trump's false claim that the election was stolen.
      In his announcement, Parker pointed to the "inexcusable rhetoric and embarrassing behavior" of Good among factors prompting him to seek office, calling him "a leader in the new 'Lost Cause' claiming the 2020 election was 'stolen' from former President Donald Trump."Read MoreCNN has reached out to Good's campaign for comment.Parker also said that he intends to "limit the influence of giant tech companies and billionaires" and "to make the internet safer for kids and families and make the economy fairer for everyone."This isn't Parker's first time running for public office. Between 2004 and 2008, he was a member of the Henry County Board of Supervisors, and in 2007 he sought election to the Virginia House of Delegates, but was defeated by a Republican candidate. In 2017, Parker was considering running for Congress from Virginia's 6th District.In 2015, his daughter Alison, a journalist with WDBJ-TV, was fatally shot by a former station employee while she was reporting on air. Cameraman Adam Ward was also killed. The shooting prompted Parker to abandon a second bid for the board of supervisors.Since his daughter's killing, Parker has advocated for gun control measures and took on tech companies for failing to eliminate videos depicting the incident, filing complaints against Facebook and Google with the Federal Trade Commission.
        Parker also testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2019, arguing that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, shielding tech companies from liability over what users post, should be amended.Other Democratic hopefuls who will compete in a primary election on June 21 include Lewis Combs, an attorney and former prosecutor in Charlottesville; farmer Warren McClellan; and Joshua Throneburg, an ordained minister and owner of a cleaning service in Charlottesville.

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        Hocus Pocus sequel: release date, cast

        THE 1993 Disney cult favorite Hocus Pocus is getting the sequel treatment - with all three stars set to magically return.

        Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed the good news in an Instagram post on May 20, 2021.

        2Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus PocusCredit: Alamy When is the Hocus Pocus sequel release date?

        Hocus Pocus 2 is set to premiere on Septmeber 30, 2022.

        The highly anticipated sequel will be available to stream on Disney+ this fall.

        Anne Fletcher will direct the sequel after Adam Shankman withdrew due to scheduling conflicts, according to Variety.

        “Now more than ever, people need to laugh,” Fletcher told the outlet.

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        “We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film.

        "I am so grateful to be able to play a part in bringing these witches back to life, and to be working with my friends at Disney again makes it all the more special.

        "This is a movie for everyone, from the fans who grew up with the first film to the next generation of viewers, and I can’t wait to get started.”

        Who is in the cast of Hocus Pocus 2?

        Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy - who starred in the original film - are set to reprise their witchy roles.

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        "Yep. I'm ready. To run," Parker wrote to her over 8million followers on Instagram.

        "Amok, amok, amok, amok. Hocus Pocus 2 arrives fall 2022 on @disneyplus."

        Najimy joked that "the people have spoken: I smell children, again."

        Midler added: "It's been 300 years but we're back!"

        The three stars play witches who were executed in the 17th century and brought back to life by a teenage boy on Halloween.

        A plot for the sequel has yet to be revealed, however, IMDb described it as:

        "Three young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world."

        The original film also featured Thora Birch, Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw, and many others.

        2Bette Midler as Winifred in Hocus PocusCredit: Rex Features What has the cast said about the film's revival?

        Parker had previously mentioned that a sequel to the fan-favorite was in the works.

        "I don’t think any of us who were making it at the time thought Hocus Pocus would have such a long life," Parker told EW in 2018.

        "People tell me all the time they grew up watching it, and that they still watch it. I think it’s wonderful."

        The movie has resonated for decades even though the box office results and reactions from critics were not encouraging.

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        "People have just found it and found the treasure that is there with Kathy and Bette and Sarah; their wonderful, incredible chemistry and good humor," director Kenny Ortega told EW.

        "It’s just a fun movie that just takes you away and there’s just magic there."

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