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Virginia House District 28

The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a two-year term and are eligible for reelection. The salary is $17,640 per year. A Delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.
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    Joshua G. Cole (Dem) Pastor

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    Robert M. "Bob" Thomas Jr (Rep) Board of Supervisors, President/CEO - Capriccio Software, Inc.

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What changes in Virginia's method of drawing electoral district lines would you support?

What options would you propose to increase highway and public transportation funding, and what methods do you support to solve congestion issues?

How would you ensure voting access for all qualified Virginians?

How confident are you that the current requirements for financial disclosure and reporting by candidates and elected officials meet the standards for ethics and transparency? What changes, if any, do you support?

What are your legislative priorities?

education/Degrees North Stafford Highschool, Liberty University, currently pursuing graduate studies at New York Theological Seminary.
experience Served as a page in 2005 General Assembly session. Served as staff assistant to the Senate clerk in the 2016 General Assembly session. Serves as the Natl. Dir. of Ecumenical Affairs for the HCoC.
hometown Fredericksburg, Virginia
It would be a priority for me in the 2018 session to push for a commission to be created to handle redistricting lines, also pushing a change in regulation for district lines, including proportionate, compactness and contiguous districts.
In large urban districts, outside of Northern Virginia, and Hampton Roads, many localities can benefit from the creation of a Regional Transportation Authority. We can also push for a permanent funding solution for public transportation such as the VRE in Northern Virginia. Virginia also needs to explore other methods of transportation outside highway expansion.
I would fight to ensure all the voting rights of all Virginians are not denied through discriminatory laws that seek to disenfranchise citizens across the State. I will vote against any bills introduced those force citizens to provide additional and unnecessary forms of ID, in the guise of stopping voter fraud. We cannot allow these anti-democratic efforts infringe the rights of minority voters across our Commonwealth.
Virginia's financial disclosure laws for legislators is extremely lackadaisical and should be reformed. Personally, I would like to see a limit placed on organizations and PACs and how much they can donate to any one candidate. The disclosures for reporting should be stricter and more transparent. The Commonwealth should consider alternative campaign financing regulations in order to encourage fair and competitive elections.
For the 28th District and the Commonwealth as a whole, I would seek to ensure that all Virginians, regardless of their wealth, race, religion, gender, orientation, and ideology are equally represented in our Commonwealth's legislature. As part of my progressive platform, I will fight to end gridlocked traffic, expand affordable healthcare, increase wages, expand funding for education, and defend the right of ALL Virginia citizens.
education/Degrees • Graduate – Northern Virginia Community College – Associate in Applied Science – Information Technology • Graduate – Excelsior College – Bachelor of Science – Information Technology
experience Elected: Stafford County Board of Supervisors – 2012 – Present (Chairman 2016) Business: President/CEO of Capriccio Software, Inc. (Government Consulting firm founded in 2006)
hometown Sandusky, Ohio
I support any method of drawing district lines which is fair and open to the public. Transparency is critical in all aspects of our government, and if used correctly, transparency can restore confidence in our redistricting processes as well.
The federal gas tax hasn't been adjusted in many years and has not kept pace with the increased fuel efficiency of our vehicles. I will lean on our congressional delegation to revisit this approach to funding. From a state perspective, a regional taxing authority discussion has started. There are many details which must emerge, but I look forward to the conversation. Solving congestion must be a multi-model approach, not pavement alone. Please visit my website as we are limited to 500 characters
As my record already demonstrates, I am a proponent of local election offices. We must continue to fully fund their operations and encourage training to improve the levels of service they offer. I will be exploring no-excuse absentee voting to encourage more voters to participate in our voting process.
The current requirements, along with the non-profit website, provide a high degree of transparency which I support in our electoral process. As a local elected official, I have already served under the most recent improved reporting requirements and find them to be detailed and adequate. If I were to explore one change, it would be to restrict candidate use of campaign funds for personal use. Although I don't see many candidates doing so, the law doesn't prevent it.
Transportation issues affect all areas of our community, from our ability to enjoy ample quality time with our families to the ability of the Commonwealth to attract new businesses and jobs. We have made some progress, but much more must be done to dig our way out of this transportation crisis. Education - I have eight children in public schools and I will use that experience to focus on improving our education system and funding our classrooms to ensure improved results for Virginia's students. I am a graduate of and a proponent of our community college system as well. Richmond's Impact on Local Governments - I will work hard to repair the Commonwealth's broken relationship with its Towns, Cities and Counties. I will go to Richmond with local government experience and I have relationships with a large number of localities and the temperament and reputation to get things done so legislation can be crafted or amended to have the smallest negative impact on local government possible. logo


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