Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates 28th District
Dear Citizens of Virginia’s 28th State House District…
On Jan. 20, I declared my desire to represent you as your delegate in Richmond and to challenge Speaker Bill Howell for his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Howell, who 12 years ago appointed me as a Page for the House of Delegates, has since announced his retirement and will not be running for re-election. In 2005, I served as the personal Page for (then) Governor Mark Warner and went on to serve as the Virginia Senate Chamber staff assistant during the 2016 General Assembly.
This past year serving as a staff assistant to the Senate helped me see up close the secret voice voting in committee and the battle of party politics. Citizens of Virginia cannot afford to be stuck between battling parties. They deserve an open, transparent and accessible democracy. I want to ensure that all Virginians, and especially residents of Stafford and Fredericksburg, get their say in Richmond. I will work tirelessly to ensure the citizens in District 28 are duly represented.
I believe children and education are high priorities. I serve as a behavioral aid for students in the Richmond public schools and spend time volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of the Rappahannock Region. I am an Associate Pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church in Southern Stafford, so I am motivated by the convictions of my Christian faith and equipped with knowledge of Richmond politics. If elected as the State Delegate representing District 28, I will attack the major issues of education, transportation and health care. As your delegate, I will also devote time to reform Virginia’s state justice system.
I am a fresh new voice for Stafford and Fredericksburg, representing a fresh new direction for District 28! If you get a chance, come see me speak at a local event. You will see that I am motivated and passionate about the issues that affect you and all of us. On election day, please make your voice heard, get to the polls and vote for me, Joshua Cole, as your state delegate.