Joshua Cole


Joshua Cole

Joshua Cole won HD-28 in 2019 w. 52% of the vote. He was only 73 votes away from winning this district in 2017.

In 2017, Joshua Cole 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, he 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 elected to the Virginia General Assembly.

Josh started his career in politics in 2005 as a page for the Virginia House of Delegates. He served as a Staff Assistant to the Clerk of the Virginia State Senate in 2016 and as Delegate Fowler's Chief of Staff.

He served on the Stafford County Public School's Superintendent's Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, and was President of Stafford County NAACP.

Joshua, on the issues:

➔ Healthcare +

"Passing Medicaid expansion was a huge win for Virginians, and long overdue. But with Republicans tacking on work requirements, the access to healthcare…"

➔ Human Rights +

  • Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Protect Reproductive Freedom
  • Fight for equality for the LGBTQ community
  • ➔ Gun Violence Prevention +

    Stop Mass Shootings and Gun Violence In 2017 alone, 346 mass shootings occurred in the US. We need a delegate who will keep weapons from dangerous individuals and keep our schools and public spaces safe

    ➔ VA Workers & Economy +

    A $15/HR Living Wage Virginians are struggling under the current system. A $7.25 minimum wage is not cutting it. Meanwhile, the top 10% make 237 times more than the poorest 10%. We need to protect unions, reach equal pay, and raise our wages.

    Learn more on Joshua's website issues page.




    HD-28 Profile

    Stafford Co., Fredericksburg

    HD-28 Voting Trend

    Democratic candidates' election percentages.

    2020: Biden received 54.38%.
    2019 (HD): Cole won w. 52%
    2018: Kaine received 55%.
    2017: Northam received 51%.
    2017 (HD): Dem lost w 50%
    2016: Clinton received 45%.
    2015 (HD) Dem lost w 40%

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    Note: 2020 stats are based on Daily Kos computations.


    Most candidate information drawn from Candidates' websites.

    Most statistics from VPAP.

    2020 election stats computed by Daily Kos.