James was the first out LGBTQ+ elected official in Laurel!
James Kole is the first openly gay elected official in the City of Laurel. He graduated from Penn State University in 2011. After graduation, he moved to Laurel, MD where he met his husband. James worked as a door-knocker in 2012 to help pass referendum Question 6, which allowed voters to approve Same-Sex Marriage by popular vote in the state of Maryland. James has a passion for helping others. He joined multiple volunteer organizations and committees before deciding to run for City Council. As a councilmember, James has made sure that he represents ALL of his constituents, while specifically focusing on issues that improve the environment.