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Joshua Cole

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Joshua Cole was only 73 votes away from winning this district in 2017.

In 2017 Josh was the first African American to receive any party's nomination for the 28th district. His close 2017 election was riddled with controversy where 143 voters were given the wrong ballot.

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 most recently as Delegate Fowler's Chief of Staff.

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

 Issues 

Joshua will fight for:

➔ Healthcare +

Healthcare For All. Lets make this clear: healthcare is a human right, not a privilege. Last year we pushed through Medicaid expansion, but Republicans tacked on work-requirements. Now, we've got a job to finish: repeal the requirements.

➔ 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.

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    Republican Opponent

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    Paul Milde

    Paul Milde defeated incumbent Delegate, Bob Thomas, in the 2019 Republican Primary. Milde was a member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.
    Stafford businessman, three-time chairman of the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO). Was a member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2006-2018.

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    Stafford Co., Fredericksburg

    HD-28 Voting Trend

    2018: Kaine received 55% of the vote.
    2017: Northam received 51% of the vote.
    2017 (HD election): Dem lost w 50%
    2016: Clinton received 45% of the vote.
    2015 (HD election): Dem lost w 40%

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    Statistics from VPAP, January 2019/May 2019.