Virginia House of Delegates District 28
2019 Race Update: Joshua won 51.82% to 47.78%
Joshua Cole is a proud product of the Stafford County Public School system and a Fredericksburg area native.
Joshua received his start in politics in 2005 when he was appointed by then-speaker, the Honorable William J. Howell, as a Page for the Virginia House of Delegates. That same year, he was chosen as the Governor’s Page for Governor Mark R. Warner. He returned to the General Assembly again in 2016 as a Staff Assistant to the Clerk of the Virginia State Senate.
In 2017 he became the first African-American and youngest person to receive any party’s nomination for the Virginia House of Delegates in Virginia’s 28th District. The race was riddled with controversy after he fell short of winning by 73 votes, and over 143 people received ballots for wrong districts. After the election he was appointed to serve as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler. He currently serves on Stafford County Public School’s Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity Committee; on the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council; as the President of the Stafford County NAACP; and on a host of other local and community initiatives.
His love for education is exemplified in various exploits. He has served as an Academic Advisor for Liberty University, A Behavioral Aid in the Richmond City Public Schools, Mentor at the Rappahanock Boys and Girls Club, and numerous years as a Youth Minister.