Incumbent Delegate Joshua Cole is a native of Stafford County. He was raised by a single mother and attended Liberty University. He currently serves as an associate pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church and was previously president of the Stafford County NAACP. In 2017, he was the first African-American and youngest person to run for the Virginia House to represent the 28th District. After losing by less than 100 votes, he ran again in 2019 and was successfully elected.
Since his election, Cole has fought to make the 28th District a more just, affordable, and environmentally friendly place to live. He has advocated for policies to improve the lives of women and minorities. Since being elected he has voted to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and protect a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent, including expanding healthcare coverage to include abortions. He also championed legislation to rename Jefferson Davis Highway as Emancipation Highway.
Cole fights for all working people in Virginia, no matter their income. He voted to raise the minimum wage and make community college tuition-free. He also advocated for increasing the number of affordable housing units in the district while working to address the rising cost of living and rent. He plans to establish rent controls, create a Virginia Housing Tax Credit, increase funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, and promote inclusionary zoning to ensure there are sufficient housing units in the district.
Cole supported the expansion of Medicaid and hopes to repeal Medicaid work requirements. He also supports Medicare For All. He supports keeping the price of prescriptions down and voted to cap insulin co-payments. Cole advocated for banning the practice of “balanced billing,” also known as surprise billing, where patients are charged with surprise fees. He also plans to work on improving the district’s medical and mental health support for veterans.
Cole has also advocated for critical environmental policies by fighting to preserve the district’s natural resources and environment. He co-sponsored the Virginia Green New Deal Act, which would establish a moratorium on fossil fuel projects and incentivize investment in clean energy. He recognizes that renewable energy is both environmentally and economically beneficial by creating new jobs. He also supported legislation that would set strict regulations on polluters and raise the standards for clean air and water.
Cole is facing a challenge from Tara Durant (R), an elementary school teacher, Marine wife, and breast cancer survivor. She volunteers and raises money for Habitat for Humanity and United Way. Durant decided to run for office during the Black Lives Matter protests against police violence in 2020. She opposes affordable healthcare and believes taxpayer money should fund private schools through school voucher programs.
Due to his support of affordable healthcare, the environment, affordable housing, and working families, Del. Joshua Cole is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 28th District.Last updated: 2021-09-15Incumbent Delegate Joshua Cole is a native of Stafford County. He was raised by a single mother and attended Liberty University. He currently serves as an associate pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church and was previously president of the Stafford County NAACP.Incumbent Delegate Joshua Cole is a native of Stafford County. He was raised by a single mother and attended Liberty University. He currently serves as an associate pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church and was previously president of the Stafford County NAACP.
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