VA House 28 – 2019 Election

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another district Democrats barely lost in 2017, this race has also voted Democratic in recent statewide elections, though by slimmer margins than some of the other districts Democrats are targeting. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine won the district by 55 points last year and Northam won with 51 percent of the vote in 2017. The Republican incumbent, Bob Thomas, was taken out by former Stafford Supervisor Paul Milde in a nasty primary that saw Milde tack right on issues like abortion and health care, something most Republicans facing tight races have strayed away from and Democrats expect to play to their advantage in a general election.”

Joshua Cole

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing.

Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

Paul Milde

Current Position: Businessman
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
Former Position(s): Chair, Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2011 – 2017

Overview: N/A

Bob Thomas

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2012 – 2018

Overview: N/A

VA House 28 - 2019 ElectionVA House 28 – 2019 Election

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another district Democrats barely lost in 2017, this race has also voted Democratic in recent statewide elections, though by slimmer margins than some of the other districts Democrats are targeting. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine won the district by 55 points last year and Northam won with 51 percent of the vote in 2017. The Republican incumbent, Bob Thomas, was taken out by former Stafford Supervisor Paul Milde in a nasty primary that saw Milde tack right on issues like abortion and health care, something most Republicans facing tight races have strayed away from and Democrats expect to play to their advantage in a general election.”

Summary

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another district Democrats barely lost in 2017, this race has also voted Democratic in recent statewide elections, though by slimmer margins than some of the other districts Democrats are targeting. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine won the district by 55 points last year and Northam won with 51 percent of the vote in 2017. The Republican incumbent, Bob Thomas, was taken out by former Stafford Supervisor Paul Milde in a nasty primary that saw Milde tack right on issues like abortion and health care, something most Republicans facing tight races have strayed away from and Democrats expect to play to their advantage in a general election.”

VA House District 28

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VA State House District #28

Joshua Cole

Current Position: Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 28

For more information, see Joshua Cole’s post.

Joshua Cole 1In 2017, Joshua Cole proudly ran for the Virginia House of Delegates to represent Virginia’s 28th District, becoming the first American-American, and youngest person to receive any party’s nomination, along the way. In an underfunded, hard-fought race, Josh finished less than 100 votes shy of having the honor of representing the 28th District.

Since then, Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing. Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

Clear in all of this work is Josh’s commitment to the communities of the 28th District. Raised in the 28th, Josh knows not only what it takes to live here, but what it means to build a home in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. He understands the excruciating drive along I-95 that is the bedrock of so many constituent commutes. He’s seen first-hand the ever-increasing cost of living in this community, and has sat with hardworking friends and neighbors, proud Virginians, who simply want to find a way to raise their family in the same town in which they grew up. Josh seeks to be your Delegate to he can fight to make this so, for all of them, and for you.

A product of the Stafford County Public School system, Joshua’s background in Virginia’s political affairs is rich, dating back to 2005, when he was appointed by the 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 by 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. As your Delegate, Josh will bring this experience to the fore to fight for a Virginia that serves all Virginians.

 

Paul Milde

Current Position: Businessman
Former: Chair, Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2011 – 2017
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 28

For more information, see Paul Milde’s post.

Paul Milde III 1Paul Milde is a Stafford County businessman who served 12 years on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Paul has lived in Stafford since 1989 and has two grown children, Travis and Bailey. Paul is a lifelong entrepreneur who believes that with hard work and a willingness to innovate, we can find public policy solutions to even the thorniest of problems. Paul has a track record of success with this common-sense approach to government. His work to preserve Stafford’s Crow’s Nest peninsula proved that land preservation can be achieved without trampling property rights. As a three-time chairman of the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO), Paul learned how important it is for our region to have a tenacious advocate for funding to address the perennial problem of traffic. Since his term on the Board of Supervisors ended in 2017, Paul has remained engaged in these and many other issues facing our region.

Issues

Economy

Joshua Cole

A living wage is about more than a paycheck, it’s about investing in our communities and our people. Yet our leaders in the General Assembly can’t be bothered to pass legislation that raises Virginia’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour. And, as I hear from my neighbors each and every week, this just isn’t cutting it anymore. Not when you need $65,000 a year to maintain a one bedroom apartment in Fredericksburg, not when the top 1% of Virginians make 17.7 times more than the bottom 99% (according to the Economic Policy Institute), and not when Stafford County is the #6 wealthiest county in America. We can do better, and as your delegate, I will do better.

As the son of a single mother, I saw firsthand what it takes to hold down a job in our state, and the hardworking spirit of Virginians. In the Capitol, I’ll fight for the men and women of the 28th District putting in an honest day’s work, day in and day out.

Paul Milde

Paul Milde understands high taxes and reckless spending cripple our economy’s growth. That’s why he cut millions of dollars in taxes, by:

Repealing the job-crushing Business, Professional, and Occupational (BPOL) Tax, and
Slashing personal property taxes.
As a result of Paul’s leadership, Stafford County’s job growth soared to first place in the state while the county’s bond rating was strengthened to AAA status.

As your Delegate, Paul will always stand for common-sense free market principles and against the socialist economic policies of the extreme left.

Education

Joshua Cole

In takes someone who understands our problems to fix our problems. A product of the Stafford County Public School System and now serving on Superintendent Kinzer’s Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity Committee, I know the problems our schools face not only from a student’s perspective but from that of a community member as well.

Solving our problems starts early, with early childhood education, and universal pre-school for all Virginia’s sons and daughters. As these children rise up through the public education system, they should be meet by facilities that receive a fair and equal distribution of state and local funding, to eliminate the inequalities that we see going on statewide.

Guiding these men and women through the halls of our institutions should be teachers who don’t just hear our praise, but feel it in their pocketbooks and wallets. An across-the-board pay raise for our teachers and paraprofessionals is not only required, but mandatory if we intend to keep the best and the brightest in Virginia educating our children.

Beyond this, ending the playground-to-prison pipeline is one of my top legislative priorities. Too many children are subject to overpunishment that puts them on a path curtailing their education and increasing the risk they engage in criminal activity. By simply practicing restorative justice within our schools, eliminating or reducing out of school suspensions for minor behavioral episodes, and reclassifying incidents away from criminal occurrences and back towards childhood outbursts, we can keep our children in the classroom and on a path to success.

Paul Milde

Paul Milde will work hard to improve infrastructure. Paul has a track record of developing infrastructure while on the Stafford Board of Supervisors. He’s been pivotal in starting, funding, and completing hundreds of infrastructure projects.

As your delegate, he will bring the fight to Richmond to get the infrastructure funding the Fredericksburg area so desperately needs.

Infrastructure

Joshua Cole

If you’re a Virginian with a driver’s license, then I don’t have to tell you about how our infrastructure can’t handle the Virginia of today, let alone the Virginia of tomorrow.

One of the worst commutes in America, in terms of traffic, is along the I-95 corridor from Fredericksburg to Washington, DC. But you already knew that. With so many of our residents heading up and down 95 each and every week, we need a delegate who will actually put forward the legislation to end this traffic nightmare, not just talk about the issue. We need solutions that will rebuild our roads and improve our public transportation options, not rhetoric that leaves us stuck in the same old gridlock. As your delegate, I’ll get gridlock out of the House of Delegates, and off of our streets and roads.

Paul Milde

Paul Milde will work hard to improve infrastructure. Paul has a track record of developing infrastructure while on the Stafford Board of Supervisors. He’s been pivotal in starting, funding, and completing hundreds of infrastructure projects.

As your delegate, he will bring the fight to Richmond to get the infrastructure funding the Fredericksburg area so desperately needs.

Preserving Stafford’s Treasures

Paul Milde

House of Delegates District 28 is home to one of our nation’s greatest treasures, George Washington’s Ferry Farm. Paul Milde helped protect this historic landmark. He also led the Board of Supervisors’ efforts to preserve The Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve and Government Island and helped to establish the Stafford Civil War Park and the Belmont Ferry Farm Trails. With Paul’s leadership, Stafford County preserved 10,000 acres during his 12-year tenure on the Board of Supervisors.

Paul also prioritized funding for voter approved parks and recreation projects such as the new baseball fields at Chichester Park and the soccer and football fields and swimming pool complex at Embrey Mill.

Civil Rights

Joshua Cole

Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment

Until we pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), it is still remains legal to discriminate against Virginians on the basis of one’s gender. I refuse to stand idle while women and members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to be treated as second class citizens across the Commonwealth.  I believe that all people are created equal, regardless of their sex or gender identity. Virginia must become the 38th state to pass the ERA to meet the threshold for ratification in the United States Constitution, and I intend to make it happen.

Protecting Reproductive Freedom

Every year, conservatives in Richmond work tirelessly to deny citizens across the Commonwealth their reproductive liberty and body autonomy. I will work to block any attempt to criminalize abortion, silence victims of assault, and restrict access to contraceptives in Virginia.

 

Environmental Action

Joshua Cole

We have a lot to be thankful for in our district, but one of our greatest resources, one of the things we take most for granted, is the natural environment we’re blessed with in Stafford County and Fredericksburg. It can be a place we go for picnics and playgrounds, or, for the many farmers who populate our district, the means for income and employment. That’s why protecting our environment is a charge I take seriously.

This is about more than keeping our grass green. It’s about reducing the number of days with extreme heat, so we can keep our infrastructure from buckling. It’s about preserving green spaces so that we have a place to bring our children. It’s about holding bad actors who continue to pollute our beautiful Virginian environment accountable for their actions. I will work with, and for, the communities of our district so that we can leave behind a Virginia that is greener and greater than it is today.

Health Care

Joshua Cole

Passing Medicaid expansion was a huge win for Virginians, and long overdue. But with Republicans tacking on work requirements, the access to healthcare we should all have is being curtailed by those looking to play politics with our lives. Now, we’ve got a job to finish: repeal the requirements and pass Medicaid-for-All so every Virginian can see a doctor. No one should ever have to choose between spending money on medication or spending it on groceries. Virginia can, and must, do better.

But improving our healthcare system should not end there. In a state with such a large active and retired military population, especially here in the 28th district, it’s essential that we dedicate more time and resources to improving the systems we have in place to care for our veterans. Long wait times, uncovered care, and unkempt facilities are not how we show our respect for those who have given so much for all of us.

Criminal Justice Reform

Joshua Cole

It is now common cause, uniting Virginias of all political stripes, to champion the idea that our criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform. But the folks in Richmond continue to fail to act to right the wrongs of our penal codes. The effects of this misapplication of justice on our diverse community have been far and wide, and it’s time for them to come to an end.

It begins with a return to community policing. Our communities are built on strong ties between neighbors, and those should extend to relationships between our citizens and the police. Enabling that trust should be accelerated by the passing of a statewide requirement for force-wide use of body and dash cameras.

And rebuilding our communities also means creating sensible drug rehabilitation policies. Too many communities have been decimated by burdensome arrests and jail sentences caused by infractions related to issues of mental health and addiction. We see this happening more and more in the face of our opioid and heroin epidemic. But we’ve substituted incarceration for care. I’ll fight to make sure our government provides mental health and addiction care to those who have and will end up in legal trouble due to addiction, and that we help with their re-entry into society. Our system should not be one of just punishment, but progress too.

Housing

Joshua Cole

For over two decades, I’ve been fortunate enough to call the 28th District my home. But as I look around today, I see more and more families expressing difficulty finding an affordable place to live in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. It’s no surprise.

We know why this happens. With many in the district shuttling up I-95 for work every day, six-figure salaries from the NoVA area end up here in our area. Developers see these opportunities and our housing stock is proof of that. Those dollars and dealers inflate home values, pricing out the hardworking residents who work to keep our district moving forward. Shouldn’t the residents who work to make this community feel like home be able to afford a home of their own?

Our government can take meaningful steps to ensure that rent-controlled, workforce housing is available to all Virginians. I was proud to stand with Del. Convirs-Fowler as she introduced a bill to further restrict discrimination in housing practices. This is just the beginning though, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ll make the 28th a place for everyone to live and work.

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Joshua ColeJoshua Cole

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing.

Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing.

Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

About

Joshua Cole 1

In 2017, Joshua Cole proudly ran for the Virginia House of Delegates to represent Virginia’s 28th District, becoming the first American-American, and youngest person to receive any party’s nomination, along the way. In an underfunded, hard-fought race, Josh finished less than 100 votes shy of having the honor of representing the 28th District.

Since then, Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing. Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

Clear in all of this work is Josh’s commitment to the communities of the 28th District. Raised in the 28th, Josh knows not only what it takes to live here, but what it means to build a home in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. He understands the excruciating drive along I-95 that is the bedrock of so many constituent commutes. He’s seen first-hand the ever-increasing cost of living in this community, and has sat with hardworking friends and neighbors, proud Virginians, who simply want to find a way to raise their family in the same town in which they grew up. Josh seeks to be your Delegate to he can fight to make this so, for all of them, and for you.

A product of the Stafford County Public School system, Joshua’s background in Virginia’s political affairs is rich, dating back to 2005, when he was appointed by the 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 by 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. As your Delegate, Josh will bring this experience to the fore to fight for a Virginia that serves all Virginians.

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Joshua G. Cole (D)13,33451.82%
Paul V. Milde III (R)12,29447.78%
Write-in (Write-in)101.39%
TOTAL25,729

Issues

Civil Rights

Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment

Until we pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), it is still remains legal to discriminate against Virginians on the basis of one’s gender. I refuse to stand idle while women and members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to be treated as second class citizens across the Commonwealth.  I believe that all people are created equal, regardless of their sex or gender identity. Virginia must become the 38th state to pass the ERA to meet the threshold for ratification in the United States Constitution, and I intend to make it happen.

Protecting Reproductive Freedom

Every year, conservatives in Richmond work tirelessly to deny citizens across the Commonwealth their reproductive liberty and body autonomy. I will work to block any attempt to criminalize abortion, silence victims of assault, and restrict access to contraceptives in Virginia.

Economy

Economic Justice

A living wage is about more than a paycheck, it’s about investing in our communities and our people. Yet our leaders in the General Assembly can’t be bothered to pass legislation that raises Virginia’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour. And, as I hear from my neighbors each and every week, this just isn’t cutting it anymore. Not when you need $65,000 a year to maintain a one bedroom apartment in Fredericksburg, not when the top 1% of Virginians make 17.7 times more than the bottom 99% (according to the Economic Policy Institute), and not when Stafford County is the #6 wealthiest county in America. We can do better, and as your delegate, I will do better.

As the son of a single mother, I saw firsthand what it takes to hold down a job in our state, and the hardworking spirit of Virginians. In the Capitol, I’ll fight for the men and women of the 28th District putting in an honest day’s work, day in and day out.

Education

In takes someone who understands our problems to fix our problems. A product of the Stafford County Public School System and now serving on Superintendent Kinzer’s Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity Committee, I know the problems our schools face not only from a student’s perspective but from that of a community member as well.

Solving our problems starts early, with early childhood education, and universal pre-school for all Virginia’s sons and daughters. As these children rise up through the public education system, they should be meet by facilities that receive a fair and equal distribution of state and local funding, to eliminate the inequalities that we see going on statewide.

Guiding these men and women through the halls of our institutions should be teachers who don’t just hear our praise, but feel it in their pocketbooks and wallets. An across-the-board pay raise for our teachers and paraprofessionals is not only required, but mandatory if we intend to keep the best and the brightest in Virginia educating our children.

Beyond this, ending the playground-to-prison pipeline is one of my top legislative priorities. Too many children are subject to overpunishment that puts them on a path curtailing their education and increasing the risk they engage in criminal activity. By simply practicing restorative justice within our schools, eliminating or reducing out of school suspensions for minor behavioral episodes, and reclassifying incidents away from criminal occurrences and back towards childhood outbursts, we can keep our children in the classroom and on a path to success.

Environment

Environmental Action

We have a lot to be thankful for in our district, but one of our greatest resources, one of the things we take most for granted, is the natural environment we’re blessed with in Stafford County and Fredericksburg. It can be a place we go for picnics and playgrounds, or, for the many farmers who populate our district, the means for income and employment. That’s why protecting our environment is a charge I take seriously.

This is about more than keeping our grass green. It’s about reducing the number of days with extreme heat, so we can keep our infrastructure from buckling. It’s about preserving green spaces so that we have a place to bring our children. It’s about holding bad actors who continue to pollute our beautiful Virginian environment accountable for their actions. I will work with, and for, the communities of our district so that we can leave behind a Virginia that is greener and greater than it is today.

Health Care

Passing Medicaid expansion was a huge win for Virginians, and long overdue. But with Republicans tacking on work requirements, the access to healthcare we should all have is being curtailed by those looking to play politics with our lives. Now, we’ve got a job to finish: repeal the requirements and pass Medicaid-for-All so every Virginian can see a doctor. No one should ever have to choose between spending money on medication or spending it on groceries. Virginia can, and must, do better.

But improving our healthcare system should not end there. In a state with such a large active and retired military population, especially here in the 28th district, it’s essential that we dedicate more time and resources to improving the systems we have in place to care for our veterans. Long wait times, uncovered care, and unkempt facilities are not how we show our respect for those who have given so much for all of us.

Infrastructure

Transportation

If you’re a Virginian with a driver’s license, then I don’t have to tell you about how our infrastructure can’t handle the Virginia of today, let alone the Virginia of tomorrow.

One of the worst commutes in America, in terms of traffic, is along the I-95 corridor from Fredericksburg to Washington, DC. But you already knew that. With so many of our residents heading up and down 95 each and every week, we need a delegate who will actually put forward the legislation to end this traffic nightmare, not just talk about the issue. We need solutions that will rebuild our roads and improve our public transportation options, not rhetoric that leaves us stuck in the same old gridlock. As your delegate, I’ll get gridlock out of the House of Delegates, and off of our streets and roads.

Safety

Criminal Justice Reform

It is now common cause, uniting Virginias of all political stripes, to champion the idea that our criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform. But the folks in Richmond continue to fail to act to right the wrongs of our penal codes. The effects of this misapplication of justice on our diverse community have been far and wide, and it’s time for them to come to an end.

It begins with a return to community policing. Our communities are built on strong ties between neighbors, and those should extend to relationships between our citizens and the police. Enabling that trust should be accelerated by the passing of a statewide requirement for force-wide use of body and dash cameras.

And rebuilding our communities also means creating sensible drug rehabilitation policies. Too many communities have been decimated by burdensome arrests and jail sentences caused by infractions related to issues of mental health and addiction. We see this happening more and more in the face of our opioid and heroin epidemic. But we’ve substituted incarceration for care. I’ll fight to make sure our government provides mental health and addiction care to those who have and will end up in legal trouble due to addiction, and that we help with their re-entry into society. Our system should not be one of just punishment, but progress too.

Housing

For over two decades, I’ve been fortunate enough to call the 28th District my home. But as I look around today, I see more and more families expressing difficulty finding an affordable place to live in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. It’s no surprise.

We know why this happens. With many in the district shuttling up I-95 for work every day, six-figure salaries from the NoVA area end up here in our area. Developers see these opportunities and our housing stock is proof of that. Those dollars and dealers inflate home values, pricing out the hardworking residents who work to keep our district moving forward. Shouldn’t the residents who work to make this community feel like home be able to afford a home of their own?

Our government can take meaningful steps to ensure that rent-controlled, workforce housing is available to all Virginians. I was proud to stand with Del. Convirs-Fowler as she introduced a bill to further restrict discrimination in housing practices. This is just the beginning though, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ll make the 28th a place for everyone to live and work.

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Paul Milde IIIPaul Milde

Current Position: Businessman
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
Former Position(s): Chair, Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2011 – 2017

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Businessman
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
Former Position(s): Chair, Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2011 – 2017

Overview: N/A

About

Paul Milde III 1

Source: Campaign page

Paul Milde is a Stafford County businessman who served 12 years on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Paul has lived in Stafford since 1989 and has two grown children, Travis and Bailey. Paul is a lifelong entrepreneur who believes that with hard work and a willingness to innovate, we can find public policy solutions to even the thorniest of problems. Paul has a track record of success with this common-sense approach to government. His work to preserve Stafford’s Crow’s Nest peninsula proved that land preservation can be achieved without trampling property rights. As a three-time chairman of the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO), Paul learned how important it is for our region to have a tenacious advocate for funding to address the perennial problem of traffic. Since his term on the Board of Supervisors ended in 2017, Paul has remained engaged in these and many other issues facing our region.

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Issues

Economy

Paul Milde understands high taxes and reckless spending cripple our economy’s growth. That’s why he cut millions of dollars in taxes, by:

Repealing the job-crushing Business, Professional, and Occupational (BPOL) Tax, and
Slashing personal property taxes.
As a result of Paul’s leadership, Stafford County’s job growth soared to first place in the state while the county’s bond rating was strengthened to AAA status.

As your Delegate, Paul will always stand for common-sense free market principles and against the socialist economic policies of the extreme left.

Education

Paul Milde will work hard to improve infrastructure. Paul has a track record of developing infrastructure while on the Stafford Board of Supervisors. He’s been pivotal in starting, funding, and completing hundreds of infrastructure projects.

As your delegate, he will bring the fight to Richmond to get the infrastructure funding the Fredericksburg area so desperately needs.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Paul Milde will work hard to improve infrastructure. Paul has a track record of developing infrastructure while on the Stafford Board of Supervisors. He’s been pivotal in starting, funding, and completing hundreds of infrastructure projects.

As your delegate, he will bring the fight to Richmond to get the infrastructure funding the Fredericksburg area so desperately needs.

Preserving Stafford’s Treasures

House of Delegates District 28 is home to one of our nation’s greatest treasures, George Washington’s Ferry Farm. Paul Milde helped protect this historic landmark. He also led the Board of Supervisors’ efforts to preserve The Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve and Government Island and helped to establish the Stafford Civil War Park and the Belmont Ferry Farm Trails. With Paul’s leadership, Stafford County preserved 10,000 acres during his 12-year tenure on the Board of Supervisors.

Paul also prioritized funding for voter approved parks and recreation projects such as the new baseball fields at Chichester Park and the soccer and football fields and swimming pool complex at Embrey Mill.

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Bob Thomas 1Bob Thomas

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2012 – 2018

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2012 – 2018

Overview: N/A

About

Bob Thomas

Delegate Robert M. “Bob” Thomas, Jr. is a proud husband, father, small business owner, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and citizen legislator representing the 28th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Bob was first elected as Delegate in November 2017 following the retirement of former Speaker Bill Howell. He serves on three committees in the House: Counties, Cities, and Towns, Transportation, and Science and Technology. Prior to taking office January 2018, he served six years on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors representing the George Washington District.

In Richmond, he is committed to representing our shared values, delivering results for his constituents, and making our community the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Bob was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio. Shortly after high school graduation, Bob felt a strong calling to serve his nation and joined the United States Marine Corps at age 18. He spent nearly four years stationed in Okinawa, Japan until he was transferred to Marine Corps Base Quantico in January of 2000. Bob and his young family loved the Fredericksburg area so much, they decided to call Stafford County home.

In 2006, after spending three years working for a large government contractor following active duty, Bob and a fellow Marine started their own company, Capriccio Software. As a small business owner, Bob has the unique perspective of knowing how it feels to have nearly thirty families depending on the success of a company.

Bob currently lives in Stafford with his wife, Christi, and their large family. Bob and his family are active members of Spotswood Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Excelsior College with a BS in Information Technology.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Business Owner
  • USMC
    1995 to 2004

Education

  • B.S
    Excelsior College, NY
    2003
  • A.A.S.,
    Northern Virginia Community College
    2002

Awards

2019 Delegate of the Year – Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

2019 Legislative Champion Award – Virginia Education Association

2019 Free Enterprise Award for Affordable Housing – Virginia Chamber of Commerce

2019 Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award – Virginia Transit Association

2018 Rookie of the Year – Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

2018 Free Enterprise Award for Transportation – Virginia Chamber of Commerce

2018 Healthcare Hero Award – Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Personal

  • Place of Birth: Sandusky, Ohio
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Christina Debra Calverley
  • Children: Lindsey, Amberly, Adam, Mackynzie, Ashlynn, Madeline, Lillian, and Rosaleigh

Membership & Affiliation

Spotswood Baptist Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Heather Swartz
Administrative Assistant During Session: Jackie Price

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1028

District Office
P.O. Box 9142
Fredericksburg, VA 22403
Phone: (540) 693-0726

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Thomas was elected to the Stafford County Board of Supervisors for the George Washington District in 2011, defeating Democrat Charles V. Latimer by a margin of 60%-39%. He won re-election unopposed in 2015.

In March 2017, he announced his candidacy for the 28th district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in the race to replace Speaker Bill Howell, who was retiring. Howell endorsed Thomas in the Republican primary. Thomas was opposed in the Republican primary by one current and one former Stafford County Board of Supervisors member; Thomas won the primary with 49% of the vote.

In the general election, Thomas was opposed by Democrat Joshua Cole. On election night on November 7, 2017, unofficial election results showed Thomas had won the seat by a margin of 104 votes. Post-election canvassing shrunk the lead to 86 votes as of November 9.]Cole’s campaign manager said they would likely seek a recount.[7] Cole’s campaign and the Virginia House Democratic Caucus requested that the Stafford County Electoral Board count 55 absentee ballots that were not received by the electoral board until the morning after the deadline, but the board voted to disqualify the ballots, though they counted 40 of 50 provisional ballots. On November 14, the Stafford County Electoral Board certified the results, showing Thomas had won by 82 votes. The same day, the Cole campaign stated it had filed a lawsuit demanding that the ballots be counted, and additional challenges are possible. On November 17, a federal judge dismissed Cole’s lawsuit demanding the 55 absentee ballots be counted. On November 20, the state board of elections said at least 83 voters from the 28th district were incorrectly given ballots for the 88th district, and decided to delay certifying the results of the 28th district race, potentially allowing a court to step in. The following day, attorneys for House Republicans sent a letter threatening to sue the state board of elections over the delay, saying the appropriate course of action would be to certify the results to allow for a recount. The board found further “irregularities”, saying the number of voters who incorrectly cast ballots in the 28th and 88th district races was at least 147, opening the possibility that Cole could contest the election and ask the House of Delegates to order a new election.  On November 27, the state board of elections finally certified the results, giving Thomas the victory, but on November 29, the Cole campaign filed for a recount. On December 7, attorneys for House Democrats petitioned a federal judge to order a new election due to the issues with the 147 voters. The recount began on December 21, and found that Thomas won by a margin of 73 votes. On January 5, a federal judge denied a request from Democrats to prevent Thomas from taking office while they made their case for calling a new election. The Democrats appealed that ruling to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, but on January 10 a three judge panel unanimously denied the Democrats’ appeal, clearing the way for Thomas to be sworn in on the first day of the General Assembly session.

In June 2019, after one term, Thomas lost the Republican nomination to former Stafford County Supervisor Paul Milde. Milde, who had unsuccessfully challenged Thomas in the 2017 primary, won 2,974 to 2,831.

Recent Elections

2017 State DelegateArray

Bob Thomas (R)11,84250.1%
Joshua Gregory Cole (D)11,76049.7%
Write In (Write-in)450.2%
TOTAL23,647

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

THOMAS JR, ROBERT M (BOB) has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $245,243.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Counties Cities and Towns
Transportation

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
Transportation – Subcommittee #1
Transportation – Subcommittee #3

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

GOVERNMENT SPENDING & TAXES

As a father and small business owner, Bob Thomas believes we must reduce the tax burden on small businesses and hardworking families. In 2018, Delegate Thomas successfully passed legislation to reduce the merchant’s capital tax. This year, he helped pass the Republican-led $1 billion tax relief package, the second largest tax cut in Virginia history.

Civil Rights

LIFE

Bob protects our traditional family values and will always defend the right to life. He believes that every life is precious, and we must protect the unborn.

2ND AMENDMENT

As a concealed carry holder and member of the National Rifle Association, Bob always stands up for the rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution. He supports the rights of gun owners, hunters, and sportsmen.

Education

As a parent, Bob believes that every child deserves the opportunity to receive a high quality education. This year, he submitted a budget amendment to increase funding for our local schools and recognizes that education works best at the local level with input from parents, teachers, and citizens.

Infrastructure

TRANSPORTATION

Bob understands that transportation issues affect all areas of our community. In 2018, he was awarded the Transportation “Free Enterprise Award” from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for introducing and passing legislation to address growing congestion on our roads.

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