Born in Castro's Communist Cuba, Rafael Dagnesses and his family were able to escape to the United States as impoverished refugees.
Though he grew up in on of LA's poorest areas, he learned that by hard work, sacrifice and taking advantage of the freedoms offered by this great country, he could achieve the American Dream.
A marine veteran and former law enforcement officer, Rafael is now a successful small business owner. He lives in the Santa Rosa Valley with his wife, Natalie, and two youngest sons.
Why Rafael is running:
Rafael believes that government serves its citizens best when it is limited and adheres to constitutional principles. When citizens are overly taxed and job creators are unfairly burdened by regulations, innovation is stifled and hard-working Americans lose jobs.
When businesses would rather relocate abroad that deal with our job-killing regulations, it's a clear sign government has gone from helping citizens to standing in their way.
in Congress, Rafael will work to return government to its Constitutional role, stop the expansion of over-reaching bureaucracy, and eliminate duplicitous and wasteful spending.
Ronald Reagan once said, "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."