In 2017, Joshua proudly 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, Joshua 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 in the Virginia General Assembly.
In Richmond, Delegate Cole has voted to increase access to affordable healthcare, raise the minimum wage and make community college tuition free. He also patroned historic legislation that will rename Jefferson Davis Highway to Emancipation Highway.