Rafael Dagnesses

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Rafael Dagnesses
Rafael Dagnesses.jpg
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 26
High schoolGlendale High School
Military service
Service/branchUS Marines
ProfessionOwner, Quantum Realtors
(timed out) Campaign website
Rafael Dagnesses campaign logo
Rafael Dagnesses was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 26th Congressional District of California.[1]


Dagnesses joined the U.S. Marines upon graduating from high school. He graduated from the Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center and served at Camp Pendleton's School of Infantry as a combat instructor supervisor. After being honorably discharged, Dagnesses attended California State University Northridge and worked for the Los Angeles Police Department. In 1996, he left the LAPD and started a small business. Dagnesses is currently the owner of Quantum Realtors.[2]


Campaign themes


Dagnesses' campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Job Creation/Economy: "Job creation is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it's a common sense issue. As a proven business leader with real world experience, I will work hard to remove government roadblocks for businesses. Government should stop impeding startups. Government often makes it impossible for businesses to keep their doors open with over-regulation and taxation."
  • Health Care: "I will fight to repeal Obamacare. Obamacare lacks common sense solutions and is costing Americans millions of dollars. We must move away from our bureaucracy driven, third-party payment system, and focus on a new patient-centered system of consumer choice. With market-based health care solutions, we will have lower costs and better quality of care."
  • Taxes: "The federal tax code is approximately 74,000 pages long. Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars and hours are spent by individuals and businesses just trying to figure out the tax code. I will work to reform the tax code so that it is simple, understandable and fair."
  • Energy: "Our country has sustainable energy sources that we must tap into in order to build an affordable domestic energy program. I support removing and streamlining regulations to open doors for our companies to invest in our own oil and natural gas supply. We will unleash the American entrepreneurial spirit once we no longer depend on foreign countries who do not share our same principles of freedom and liberties."
  • National Security: "Peace through strength must be a critical component of our defense strategy. By maintaining an advanced military, our enemies will think twice before initiating any harmful action."


—Rafael Dagnesses' campaign website, https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.rafaelforcongress.com/ (timed out)issues/



See also: California's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

Dagnesses ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 26th District. Dagnesses was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, California District 26 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley Incumbent 45.5% 38,854
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Gorell 44.5% 38,021
     Republican Rafael Dagnesses 7.7% 6,536
     Independent Douglas Kmiec 2.3% 1,980
Total Votes 85,391
Source: California Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dagnesses' reports.

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Dagnesses' committee owed $15,000 in outstanding loans to Rafael Dagnesses.


Dagnesses and his wife, Natalie, have three sons.[2]

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