Rafael Dagnesses addresses Ventura County issues at Museum of Military History; Julia Brownley is a ‘no-show” for political debate

By Michael Hernandez

SIMI VALLEY—“When we win this race (26th Congressional District), we will fracture the political establishment on both sides,”   said Rafael Dagnesses at the Museum of Military History in Simi Valley at what was suppose to be a debate between the Republican challenger and Democrat Congresswoman Julia Brownley.

“If you came to hear Julia Brownley, I hope to earn your vote today,” said Dagnesses.  

“I will still represent you when I win this (race).  Julia would not debate me today.”

“I was not born in the United States but in socialist communistic Cuba,” said Dagnesses.   “My Father was put in  a forced labor camp for two-and-half years because he wanted freedom for our family.  Instead, he was persecuted and punished but we were fortunate to arrive in the United States” as impoverished refugees.

Dagnesses is a former United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt., a former police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, and small business owner (mostly real estate and security companies).  Dagnesses grew up in the inner city of Los Angeles (Rampart district), but “learned through hard wok, sacrifice and embracing America as an American, he could achieve the American Dream.

Dagnesses touts himself as “a champion for freedom, jobs, security and the American dream.”   According to retired U.S. Representative Elton Gallegly (1987-2013), who served Ventura County and most of inland Santa Barbara Counties before re-districting, “I fully support Rafael and encourage all residents of the 26th district to do the same.   Rafael Dagensses’ integrity, his love and respect for our country along with his personal story and his record of service make him exceptionally qualified to serve in the U.S. House of representatives.”

“I was surrounded by generational poverty, gangs and drugs.  My parents embraced this country even though they were poor and lived in a negative environment.  In America, you have incredible opportunities to elevate yourself and run after the American dream.”

The Museum of Military History, located at Simi Valley Town Center, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Suite 220, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10049 of Simi Valley, sponsored the Saturday afternoon event that was billed as a debate for California 26th Congressional District which includes most of Ventura County (Camarillo, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and Westlake Village) and the Southern Central Coast.

Dagnesses spoke out against a “corrupt political system” that allows politicians to slander their opponents and keeps them free from lawsuits which in effect keeps “good people” from wanting to run for political office.

“Incumbents in power have all the special interest money” said Dagnesses and they can “beat up the regular person” who just “wants to serve” the citizens.  “The law excludes them from lawsuits of slander.  It protects them from you or from those wishing to run for office.

“Socialism does not work.  Democracy and freedom does.  We as citizens should not be paying for someone’s freebies.

“Our lack of leadership comes from the top.  We are an exceptional country going on a destructive path.   The reason I am running for office is my concern for my own kids and their future.”

“We have a capitalist system but we manipulate the capitalist system and don’t allow true capitalism to occur.  What we need today is true transparency.   Laws today are packaged together.  We need to allow Americans the time to review bills and tell their representatives what they think.”

“We need  to protect out country.  I am passionate about this.  If you don’t feel safe in America, then the economy, healthcare, education are all side issues. 

“My campaign is unique in nature,” said Rafael.  “I even have former gang members helping me.  This is a grassroots campaign.  We intend to win.”


Rafael Dagnesses

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected] or by calling (818) 263-9881.

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William "Bill" Hicks
William "Bill" Hicks
4 years ago

A good candidate that deserves our support and vote.