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King makes another run at 2nd District House of Delegates seat in Stafford, Woodbridge

This is Josh King’s second run at the 2nd District House of Delegates seat. He lost his 2015 bid to Republican Mark Dudenhefer, who announced in January 2017 he won’t seek reelection.
Election information for 2017 from the Virginia Office of Elections: 
6/13/17 June Primary (called if needed)
Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, May 22, 2017

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

11/7/17 General Election and Special Elections
Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, October 16, 2017

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

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PL: What are the top three major issues facing voters in your district?

King: Education, transportation, and economic development.

PL: What concrete solutions do you propose to address these issues?

: Teachers need support and our children need the best tools for success. I want to advocate for our fair share of our taxes for our schools so we can get teachers the pay raise that they desire and the tools so they can teach.
Transportation has improved but we still need mass transit options down the Route 1 corridor to reduce congestion. The Express lanes are not enough to handle our transportation needs.
The 2nd district is in desire need of economic development. I want to work with companies and local business owners to create quality jobs in the district so people can live where they work. I believe that these issues are important because our overall quality of life will increase and we will have more time to spend with our families and less time in traffic.
PL: From your perspective, what is the job description of the office you’re seeking?

King: A legislators’ duties are to raise awareness on critical issues on all public issues. They should listen to their constituents and create laws that actually solve problems and prevent incidents from happening.

PL: What expertise will you bring to the office?

I am an Iraq Army veteran who has an autistic child who needs adequate services that are not being provided. I have been advocating for special needs children for the last ten years. I am a Deputy Sheriff who has work with the mentally ill in jail. I am a father of three and a proud husband. I am a homeowner and proud Democrat. Additional I am a student at [George Mason University].
PL: Do you feel that the average citizen is well informed and understands the workings of state government? If not, how do you intend on improving communication with your constituency? 
King: The average citizen is not informed on local issues. I believe that I can reach them in person at their door and by having local information events.
PL: Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they affected you?
King: None so far.
PL: Our readers want leaders in local government. Why should they vote for you?
King: They should vote for me because I am a public servant. I have spent the last 15 years serving our country. I helped protect us from global terrorism a far and now as a law enforcement officer. I look forward to continuing to serve to the people of the Commonwealth by serving as a legislator in the 2nd district.

Candidate Profile

Candidate Name

Joshua 'Josh' King

Contact Information




Candidate Stats

I’m running for House of Delegates 2nd District (Stafford/Woodbridge)


  • Deputy Sheriff for Fairfax County


  • Deep Creek High 1999
    Military Police Academy US Army 2001
    Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy 2008
    General Studies AA, NOVA 2013
    BA Public Admin. GMU 2017

Community involvement:

  • As a veteran, I have always supported veterans in my community and on my job.
  • I have helped veterans transition into college and taught them how to use their entitlements.
  • I have volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program in Fairfax County, and I am a member of the Persons with Disabilities committee in Prince William County.
  • I am also a proud member of SEIU VA 512 Labor union. I was recently elected to be the secretary for my local.
  • After I ran in 2015 for HD2, I spent most of my year advocating at local churches, and I spend a lot of time knocking on doors for the presidential election. Recently I was appointed to the Virginia War Memorial Board by our governor.

Political affiliation:

  • Democrat