Attorney Jessica Foster has announced plans to run as a Democrat for Virginia’s 88th District House of Delegates seat, which represents parts of Spotsylvania, Stafford and Fauquier counties and a section of Fredericksburg.

The seat is held by Republican Mark Cole.

Foster, a native Virginian who lives in Remington with her husband and two children, said she will officially launch her candidacy Feb. 2 at the Fredericksburg home of Edwin Santana, a former Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress.

In a press release, she noted her support for the Equal Rights Amendment, which was passed by the Virginia Senate earlier this month but rejected by a House committee chaired by Cole.

“Although 81 percent of Virginians want the General Assembly to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, Delegate Mark Cole refused to allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote, where it would almost certainly pass,” Foster said.

Other issues Foster said she will support include access to health care, universal pre-kindergarten and full funding for schools, workforce training, paid family and medical leave, “sensible gun safety measures,” clean and green energy and juvenile justice reform—which has been a focus of her law practice.

Cole, who has represented the District since 2002, won re-election in 2017 by defeating three General Election opponents: Democrat Steve Aycock, independent Amanda Blalock and Green Party candidate Gerald Anderson.

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