Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia has proudly endorsed Joshua Cole, the Democratic candidate running for the Virginia House of Delegates representing Stafford County and Fredericksburg in the 28th District. “You have been a strong supporter of reproductive health and equality,” said Jennifer Allen, the organization’s CEO.
Planned Parenthood offers a multitude of services, including healthcare for low-income families, HIV/AIDs prevention and testing, family planning and so much more. “To defund Planned Parenthood is not just an attack on a women’s right to choose,” Cole stated, “but also an attack on our citizens who already do not have access to healthcare due to the decisions of our General Assembly.”
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia has more than 232,000 supporters who care about women’s health issues, and the national organization reaches a network of nearly nine million supporters across the country. One in five American women have visited a Planned Parenthood health center in their lifetime. “Your support of reproductive rights and health means a great deal,” Allen added. “Not just to us, but to the more than 23,000 patients Planned Parenthood serves every year in Virginia. Our patients are women, men, teens, and families. They are your constituents.”
Cole has also been recently endorsed by the Virginia AFL-CIO and The Sierra Club. Additional endorsements include the Broader Representation Advocacy Team (BRAT-PAC) and People for the American Way’s Next Up Victory Fund. Find out more about Cole’s campaign at www.jgcole.org.
On Jan. 12, Joshua Cole declared his desire to represent House District 28 in Richmond and to challenge Speaker Bill Howell for his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Howell has since announced his retirement and will not be running for re-election. Appointed by Howell, Cole has 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. Cole has seen the secret voice voting in committee and the battle of party politics. He will work for an open, transparent and accessible democracy. He promises that residents of Stafford and Fredericksburg will get their say in Richmond. Cole, an Associate Pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church in Southern Stafford, serves as a behavioral aid for students in the Richmond public schools and spends time volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of the Rappahannock Region. Children and education are high priorities, but so are transportation, health care and the state justice system. Cole is a fresh new voice for Stafford and Fredericksburg, representing a fresh new direction for District 28!