The Virginia AFL-CIO has endorsed Joshua Cole, the Democratic candidate running for the Virginia House of Delegates representing Stafford County and Fredericksburg in the 28th District. They specifically mentioned Cole as being the advocate and choice for working class citizens and low-income families.
“My mother is a CWA (Communications Workers of America) worker,” Cole stated. “Those who seek to protect themselves and their ability to work with the protection of a union must be fought for. The recent referendum last year to make ‘right-to-work’ a Virginia Constitutional amendment shows worker’s rights are under attack.”
The AFL-CIO believes that taking care of our own is taking care of us all, and so does Cole. “I agree with this hard-working organization,” the candidate said. “We need stronger worker’s compensation laws, increased fines for workplace safety violations, civil rights and equal rights in the workplace, and legislation requiring local governments to offer health care to retirees. The recent attacks of the GOP are attacks on our working class and low-income families.”
Cole has also been recently endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia 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!