Joshua will bring important representation to the Virginia House of Delegates!
In 2017, Joshua Cole proudly ran for the Virginia House of Delegates to represent Virginia’s 28th District, becoming the first African-American, and youngest person to receive any party’s nomination, along the way. In a hard-fought race, Joshua finished less than 100 votes shy of having the honor of representing the 28th District. In 2019, he came back and finished the job – becoming one of the youngest members in the Virginia General Assembly.
Delegate Joshua Cole has lived in Fredericksburg and Stafford County his entire life. He knows what it means to build a home in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. Delegate Cole understands the issues Virginians are facing, and he has been a tireless advocate for his hometown.
In Richmond, Delegate Cole has taken a people-first approach to policymaking. He voted to increase access to affordable healthcare, raise the minimum wage and make community college tuition-free. He also patroned historic legislation that will rename Jefferson Davis Highway to Emancipation Highway. Delegate Cole currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Union Bell Baptist Church in South Stafford and the Chairman of the House of Clergy for the Union of Charismatic Orthodox Churches. He is the former President of the Stafford NAACP, and he has served on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee as well as the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council.