About Joshua Cole
A bright new voice in Virginia State politics, Joshua Cole is taking House District 28 into a fresh direction.
“Citizens of Virginia cannot afford to be stuck between battling parties,” said Cole. “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.”
Joshua is motivated by the convictions of his faith and his civic duty to be a uniting force for a divided nation. If given the opportunity to serve as State Delegate for House District 28, Cole will advocate for public education, transportation, health care, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, and the rights of the LGBTQ community. Joshua hopes to be the first African American to represent the 28th District.
“I believe I have been called at this time to fight for all citizens in Virginia regardless of race, lifestyle or faith. For those who have no voice, I will be their voice!”
Joshua began his political career in 2005, when Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William J. Howell, appointed Cole as a page for the House. Cole also served as the personal page for Governor Mark Warner and went on to serve as staff assistant to the Virginia Senate chamber during the 2016 General Assembly. Seeing some of the inner workings in Richmond inspired Joshua to run as a candidate to better represent the concerns of this constituency.
Born in the District of Columbia, Cole grew up in the Fredericksburg area and is a product of the Stafford County Public School System. After graduating from North Stafford High School in 2009, he is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity at New York Theological Seminary in Manhattan. Joshua Cole is an Assistant Pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church in Southern Stafford and the National Director of Ecumenical Affairs for the Holy Christian Orthodox Church. He also serves as a behavioral aid for students in the Richmond Public Schools system and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of the Rappahannock Region.