December 4, 2013


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Businessman Rafael Dagnesses announces his candidacy for California's 26th Congressional District

Simi Valley, CA - Today, businessman Rafael Dagnesses is officially announcing that he will be a candidate for Congress in the 26th District of California. Dagnesses made his decision after a successful exploratory phase and the encouragement of his family, supporters and other community leaders. He has watched with dismay the dysfunction in Washington with the same faces getting elected. This has inspired Dagnesses to want to serve his community as a problem-solver, who is going to Washington to reform government, not preside over decay.


Dagnesses, a long time resident of the district, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, the Los Angeles Police Department, and has built a successful real estate business. He is ready to serve with real world experience. "I'm not a career politician, I'm not affected by the dynamics of Washington politics," said Dagnesses. "I feel I can better represent a community where I have spent most of my adult family life, and raised my children. I have committed much of my life to public service, and I feel personal freedom and holding true to our Constitution are imperative when it comes to serving the public."


Rafael was born in Fidel Castro's communist Cuba in 1965. His family fled the country's tyranny immigrated to the United States, penniless but with hopes of attaining the American Dream. His family moved to Southern California's Rampart community, an area surrounded by gangs, drugs, and crime. His parents raised him with conservative values and a strong work ethic. Rafael joined the United States Marine Corp where he was later recruited into the intelligence field. He attended California State Northridge and decided to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a police officer. As an LAPD officer, working in narcotics and undercover work, he saw first-hand the atrocities that drugs, gang violence and government dependency bring to a community.


After a distinguished tenure, Rafael started a small business venture and today is the owner of Quantum Realtors where since 2006, he has been amongst the top brokers in the country. His public service, entrepreneurial spirit and his philanthropist activities are the type of qualities needed for the betterment of our local economy and community in general.


State Assemblyman Scott Wilk was one of the first to endorse Rafael, saying "Rafael is committed to getting things done and has a reputation for his work in the community. He's been successful in business and understands the challenges facings small businesses - the key to creating more jobs. He will be a great congressman."


Simi Valley City Councilman Glen Becerra has also expressed his public support of Dagnesses, saying "I enthusiastically support Rafael's candidacy for congress in the 26th district. He is keenly aware of the issues facing the local community. He will be a proactive leader that will serve the interests of our community first and foremost."


Dagnesses plans to emphasize the importance of a healthy economy. "We need representatives in Washington that are committed to a growing economy that will create good quality jobs. This will be one of my priorities," says Dagnesses. "Today, congress has one of the lowest approval ratings on record. We must go back to basics and put an end to the political games and the business as usual mindset in Washington. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and work for our community."


Rafael Dagnesses is scheduled to officially launch his campaign at the Westlake Village Inn, in Westlake Village, California. The event is scheduled for Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4 pm. For more information, view Rafael's website at


The 26th District includes the cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Oxnard, Fillmore, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Ventura, Westlake Village, and the areas of Oak Park, Somis and parts of the Santa Monica Mountains.



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