Mark Cole

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors from 2000 – 2002

Mark Cole has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002 representing the 88th District, which includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties, and the city of Fredericksburg. He is a member of the House committees on Finance and Education, Small Business Commission, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and is Chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee.

Jessica Foster

Current Position: Attorney, and Small Business Owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Mark Cole 2Mark Cole

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors from 2000 – 2002

Mark Cole has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002 representing the 88th District, which includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties, and the city of Fredericksburg. He is a member of the House committees on Finance and Education, Small Business Commission, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and is Chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors from 2000 – 2002

Mark Cole has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002 representing the 88th District, which includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties, and the city of Fredericksburg. He is a member of the House committees on Finance and Education, Small Business Commission, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and is Chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee.

About

Mark Cole 1

Source: Campaign page

Mark Cole has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002 representing the 88th District, which includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties, and the city of Fredericksburg. He is a member of the House committees on Finance and Education, Small Business Commission, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and is Chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee.

He has previously served on the state Veterans Services Board, Virginia Commission on Youth, Southern Regional Education Board, the House Science and Technology Committee, 1st Congressional District BRAC Task Force, Quantico Civilian-Military Council, and Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors.

From 1985 through 2012 Mark worked as a defense contractor supporting the Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia. He currently works as a Deputy County Administrator for Spotsylvania County.

From 1980 to 1985, he served in the U. S. Navy as Ordnance and Missile Officer on board the USS Mississippi (CGN 40). After active duty, Mark continued to serve in the Navy Reserve reaching the rank of Commander before retiring in 2004.

He is a graduate of Mary Washington College, Germanna Community College, and Western Kentucky University with degrees in Computer Science and Civil Engineering Technology.

Mark Cole has been active in his community as a Church Trustee, Sunday school teacher, youth soccer coach, and a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Gideons, and the Ruritans. He has also been an active member of the Republican Party and has worked in the campaigns of several Republican candidates.

His wife, Genia, is a retired kindergarten teacher. They have four adult children.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Deputy County Administrator
    Spotsylvania County
  • US Navy and Naval Reserve
    1980 to 2004

Education

  • B.L.S
    Mary Washington College
    1993
  • BS
    Western Kentucky University
    1980
  • A.A.S.
    Germanna Community College
    1990

Awards

Virginia Community Colleges, Distinguished Alumnus
Mount Olive Baptist Church Community Service Award
Navy Commendation Medal (three)
Navy Achievement Medal (two)
AEGIS Excellence Award
American Conservative Union, Defender of Liberty

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1958
  • Place of Birth: Louisville, KY
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Eugenia
  • Children: four

Membership & Affiliation

Fairview Baptist Church (River Club Campus)
Military Officers Association of America
American Legion
Gideons
VFW
Rappahannock River Basin Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Rachel Rutherford
Administrative Assistant During Session: Margie Doggett

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1088

District Office
P.O. Box 41965
Fredericksburg, VA 22404-1965

Phone: (540) 786-3402

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Cole was elected to the Spotsylvania County, Virginia Board of Supervisors in 1999, where he served until 2002 when he took office in the Virginia House of Delegates. He is the chairman of the House Privileges and Elections Committee and is a member of the House Finance and Education Committees.[1][self-published source]

Positions

Cole describes himself as a fiscal and social conservative that supports individual rights while opposing tax increases. He opposed Republican initiatives to raise taxes in 2007 and 2013.

Microchip implantation

Cole was criticized in February 2010 for comments made by him about his sponsorship of HB53, a bill in the House of Delegates which would ban implantation of microchips into humans by their employers:

My understanding — I’m not a theologian — but there’s a prophecy in the Bible that says you’ll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times, some people think these computer chips might be that mark.

Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said of this on MSNBC that “the sort of paranoid strain of thinking among these folks just—it advances to meet the new technology that we have.” The bill passed the House on a bi-partisan vote 88 to 9. 

Bathroom bills

In 2016, Cole sponsored House Bill 663, a bathroom bill restricting public restroom use according to a person’s “anatomical sex”, defined as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy”, with violators liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $50. HB663 was introduced on January 11, 2016 and died in committee in February 2016. It was widely reported that HB663 would require adults to inspect the genitals of children before they were allowed to enter the appropriate facilities, but this was dismissed by Snopes as a misleading interpretation of the bill’s text, which states that administrators “shall develop and implement policies that require every restroom … that is designated for use by a specific gender to solely be used by individuals whose anatomical sex matches such gender designation.” Cole sponsored House Bill 781 one day later on January 12, 2016, which used the same wording but substituted “biological sex” for “anatomical sex”. The use of “biological sex” allowed for an update via amended birth certificate. HB781 also died in committee in February.

Voter registration

In 2017, Cole sponsored House Bill 1598, which would require those registering to vote after January 1, 2018 for state and local elections to provide proof of citizenship. HB1598 passed the House of Delegates on a 64-37 party line vote in February 2017.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Mark L. Cole (R)15,14955.67%
Jessica H. “Jess” Foster (D)12,01344.15%
Write-In (Write-in)490.18%
TOTAL27,211

2017 State DelegateArray

Mark Cole (R)14,02252.7%
Stephen Ronald Aycock (D)9,91837.3%
Amanda M. Blalock ()2,3738.9%
Gerald Lee Anderson (G)2551.0%
Write In (Write-in)410.2%
TOTAL26,609

2015 State DelegateArray

Mark Cole (R)11,12393.6%
Write In (Write-in)7646.4%
TOTAL11,887

Finances

COLE, MARK L has run in 9 races for public office, winning 9 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $735,504.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Privileges and Elections
Education
Finance

Subcommittees

Education – Subcommittee #1
Finance – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Sound conservative leadership for Virginia!

Mark Cole has spent his public life fighting for the needs of Virginia’s families and taxpayers. Too many politicians are advocates for government bureaucracy. Mark is an advocate for you!

Since taking office in 2002, more than 100 bills that Mark sponsored and 300 that he co-sponsored have passed and become law. Additionally Mark has led the fight to STOP tax increases and OPPOSE wasteful government spending.

Governance

BALANCING THE STATE BUDGET

– Opposed wasteful spending
– Supported legislation to control the growth in government spending
– Opposed attempts to raid transportation funds
– Opposed tax increases

“Delegate Mark Cole has been a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and conservative values in Richmond. He shares with me the principles of limited government and personal responsibility. We need leaders like Mark in the House of Delegates fighting for Virginia’s families.”
Congressman Dave Brat, 7th District 

Civil Rights

DEFENDING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

Successfully sponsored legislation to protect the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms
– Defended the Right to Life
– Sponsored a resolution defending the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

Education

IMPROVING EDUCATION

– Led the fight to get additional state funds to increase teacher pay for our schools
– Supported efforts to ensure that the state fully funded its share of the education budget
– Supported efforts to empower parents and make schools accountable
– Worked to streamline bureaucracy to get more resources to the classroom
– Opposed unfunded mandates and wasteful spending

Immigration

CRACKED DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

– Co-sponsored legislation banning “sanctuary cities” in Virginia
– Opposed efforts in the US Senate to grant amnesty to illegal aliens
– Passed legislation denying state and local benefits to illegals
– Co-sponsored legislation to allow state and local law authorities to enforce immigration law

“If the Federal government is not going to do its job to secure our borders and stem the tide of illegal immigration, I want to make Virginia an unattractive destination for them!”
Delegate Mark Cole

Infrastructure

FOUGHT FOR TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS

– Supported increased funding for transportation
– Expanded the authority of localities to collect road impact fees from developers
– Secured funding for improvements to local roads
– Passed legislation requiring VDOT to prioritize improvements to I-95
– Supported land use and growth reforms to reduce sprawl and congestion
– Supported reforms to streamline government bureaucracy and improve efficiency

“When Northern Virginia tried to raid Stafford’s transportation funds, Mark Cole stopped them dead in their tracks!”
Mark Osborn, Former Stafford County Supervisor

Safety

PROTECTING FAMILIES

– Strengthen laws against sexual predators, child pornographers, and gangs
– Co-sponsored legislation to require internet filters for public library computers
– Increased penalties for drunk driving
– Defended traditional family values

SUPPORTING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

– Led the fight to get additional funds to increase pay for state troopers and deputies
– Supported critical funding for fire and rescue

“Public safety and emergency services are Mark Cole�s top priorities. He helped ensure that funding was available for pay raises for deputies and state troopers. He has been a strong voice for us in Richmond.”
Former Sheriff Charlie Jett, Stafford County

Veterans

SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY AND VETERANS

– Sponsored legislation strengthening employment rights for National Guard and Reserve members called to active duty
– Successfully sponsored legislation protecting military dependent voting rights
– Co-sponsored legislation granting in-state tuition to military members
– Supported construction of a new veterans� care center
– Worked with Congress to defend area military bases

“Mark Cole is a common-sense leader who has been a strong supporter of our veterans and military communities. I have worked with him on issues affecting Virginia’s veterans and military facilities and can tell you he is a dedicated public servant who has gone the extra mile to make sure you are represented in Richmond!”
Congressman Rob Wittman, 1st District 

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Jessica FosterJessica Foster

Current Position: Attorney, and Small Business Owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Attorney, and Small Business Owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

I’m a mom, an attorney, and co-owner of a busy law firm. I live in southern Fauquier County with my husband, two children, two dogs, and four donkeys. My father is a Vietnam veteran, my mother is a naturalized American, and my brother is an active duty soldier in the Army.  As a child I lived in Virginia, then lived in Belgium for nine years before moving back to Virginia in 2002. 

My parents instilled the importance of hard work. I held multiple jobs throughout high school and college while living on my own, far away from my family. I earned my law degree and have been practicing law in Virginia for ten years. I co-own Foster McCollam, a small law firm, and concentrate my practice on the representation of juveniles in our court system. My firm handles domestic relations matters too and we assist the local domestic violence shelter by providing free representation to disadvantaged women who are seeking protective orders against their abusers. 

In my day-to-day job, if I didn’t deliver on my promises, I’d be out of business. The same should be true for politicians: work hard and keep your promises or move out of the way.  It’s time to send a new voice to Richmond, and I’m ready to bring my advocacy skills to Richmond for YOU. With your support, we can #FosterChange here in the 88th House District! 

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Education 
Every parent wants the opportunity for his/ her child to have a good education, get a job that is satisfying and pays well, have a family, and live the American Dream. Education is the foundation for all of that. That is why I support early socialization and education with universal pre-K, sturdy funding for schools and educators. Our teachers are our very first responders – they are the building blocks of our communities; we should treat them and pay them accordingly. In addition to vouching for teacher pay raises, I will support all efforts to reduce classroom sizes by modernizing and expanding infrastructure where needed and increase the student-to-staff and student-to-counselor ratios. 

Investing in education does not stop at K-12. Our high schools must offer vocational training programs for students who wish to pursue careers in tech and specialty trades so that young adults fresh out of high school can begin apprenticeships to launch their careers. Upon completion of these programs, these young adults will enter the marketplace making good wages without the burden of student debt. They will open up their own business, buy real estate, pay taxes, and contribute to the economy. 

For those with an interest in academia or jobs that require college, we can do better in this Commonwealth to reduce the cost of attending our state universities and community colleges. 
 
Healthcare
Access to healthcare is a human right. We must take care of the sick and elderly by ensuring that every person has access to the health services he/ she needs regardless of financial ability, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender identification. No diabetic should ever have to ration insulin. No parent should ever be concerned about the price of an epi-pen. No family should ever be one broken leg away from bankruptcy.

In Virginia, we can protect our residents from bad federal policies. I support state efforts to protect pre-existing conditions, expansion of coverage for low-income Virginians, and price regulations for life saving medications. I am a strong proponent of billing transparency and timeliness – requiring providers to provide detailed bills to their patients in a timely fashion. I support any congressional efforts at moving toward a universal healthcare system. 

Women’s Health – I am pro-choice and will always work and fight to protect reproductive freedom and choice for all people. I’ll fight not only to protect Roe v. Wade, but also for reproductive choice and reproductive justice as well, ensuring that all people have access to quality affordable healthcare, contraception, and reproductive services. 

It is well settled that attempts to make abortion illegal do not reduce abortion rates, and instead leave women to use unsafe methods to end their pregnancies. In order to reduce abortions rates we must offer comprehensive sex education to reduce unintended pregnancies, increase access to reliable birth control, and the eliminate socio-econoimic barriers. 
 
Responsible Gun Ownership 
Gun violence is a public health crisis that must be addressed. We must implement legislation that makes our communities safer. As a candidate that has received the Moms Demand Action distinction, I support the following gun safety prevention measures: 

→ Universal background checks – guns should not be sold on Facebook or in parking lots. All private sales, with the exception of immediate family member transfers, should require a background check by a federally licensed firearm dealer. 

→ Extreme Risk Protective Orders – these allow police officers to temporarily remove firearms from individuals who represent a danger to themselves or the community. 

→ Live safety courses and evidence of safe-handling training required to obtain a concealed carry permit.
 
Affordable Housing
In communities across the country, and particularly in Virginia, home prices and rents have continued to climb and are becoming more and more out of reach for many households. New construction disproportionately serves the affluent. Market pressures and gentrification are pushing many lower income people out of their communities. If everyone could afford quality housing, and every neighborhood offered a diversity of housing options, people up and down the income ladder could enjoy housing security and build wealth through home ownership.

Our leadership must make bold, innovative changes at all levels in our government and in the private and non-profit sectors. I am committed to implementing affordable housing reform and protecting vulnerable communities from evictions and discrimination while enabling and incentivizing builders to supply homes to a broader range of incomes.
 
Equality/ Non-discrimination 
Race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation should not be a barrier to any opportunity. The ability  to lead our best lives cannot be achieved unless every person is treated equally and fairly. Women should receive equal pay for equal work, everyone should be able to have access to affordable healthcare, and a good education. 

As your delegate, I will support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), so that everyone has the opportunity to be successful. I will co-sponsor and champion legislation against discrimination in the workplace and in public housing. 
 
Redistricting/ Gerrymandering 
Equality is also measured in the voice that is given to the people. In Virginia, we have the opportunity to allow voters to choose their politicians and not the other way around by ending political gerrymandering. I support the creation of an independent redistricting committee to reduce, if not eliminate, the conflict of interest a legislator has in drawing his or her own district boundaries.
 
Environment/Climate Change
Greenhouse gas pollution caused by burning fossil fuels is causing changes to our global climate. Virginia is already feeling the negative effects of climate change with the increased severity of weather events and the steady erosion of our coastline. 

We must:

→ Reduce our net carbon pollution and participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

→ Prioritize energy efficiency programs 

→ Increase our ability to adapt to climate change and minimize the impacts on public infrastructure

→ Get public utility money out of politics so that companies who profit from our dependence on fossil fuels cannot continue to block green energy alternatives

→ Remove barriers to customer owned or third-party owned solar and fund grants/rebates for installations on low-income housing

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