Agoura Hills City Council 2022

Thank you Agoura Hills!

Candidates go into elections wanting to win, and my campaign for city council was no different.

As a relatively new resident of Agoura Hills, I knew I was going up against tough competition… incumbents and life-long Agoura Hills residents.

The more I campaigned, the more fellow neighbors I got to meet, and the more I wanted to win to serve all these wonderful people. Although not elected to city council this time, I will continue to work to keep our city safe, clean, and prosperous in other ways.

Thank you to everyone whose vote I earned… the donations, yard signs, endorsements, and all of the private and public support were very meaningful.

Congratulations to Deborah, Jeremy and Chris for winning, and to Jan as a fellow candidate.

Vote for David.

Hi Neighbor, 

I’m excited to be running for Agoura Hills City Council in the upcoming November 8th election. In case we haven’t met already, here’s a little bit about me:
 

I’m raising my four young kids here in Agoura Hills because I love the area. We have great schools, clean parks, hiking trails, a small town feel with charming neighborhoods, and some of the sweetest people.

I want to keep Agoura Hills safe, clean and prosperous, with out overbuilding and losing our open spaces and small town charm.

I’m raising my four young kids here in Agoura Hills because I love the area. We have great schools, clean parks, hiking trails, a small town feel with charming neighborhoods, and some of the sweetest people.

I’m invested in the keeping what makes Agoura Hills special, and improving it for the next generation. I’m already involved locally as an  AYSO soccer coach, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainee, and local business owner. My wife and I own Levine Realtors, and have been in real estate for 17 years.

I hope I can count on your support and vote!

Thank you! 
— David

Updated: October 10, 2022

Q&A

  • Age (as of Election Day) – I was born in 1982, the same year Agoura Hills was founded. We are both 40!
  • Party Affiliation – I am registered as No Party Preference, and I have always voted across party lines. The election for Agoura Hills City Council is non-partisan, and the position itself is to serve the community, not political parties. I believe that party politics marginalizes and divides us, and like most of the voters I have spoken to, I am tired of being judged by my political party affiliation.
  • Family – I have four young kids and love being a father, and one of my favorite times of the week together is our Shabbat dinners. I also love being involved in other ways, as an AYSO soccer coach for both my older kids and a parent volunteer at their LVUSD school. 
  • Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? – No, my mother was a lawyer and my father was a truck driver.
  • Education – I graduated from Pali High and attended Otis, studying fine art. When I was 19, I bought my first apartment building and have been in real estate ever since. 
  • Occupation – I have been in real estate, first as an investor, and then as a real estate agent since I was 19. I own a brokerage, Levine Realtors, with my wife Kayla. I also host a podcast about consciousness and artificial intelligence.
  • Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – I have not previously held an elected or appointed office, however I ran in the California Recall Election for Governor last year, mainly opposing the state-wide mandates, and received nearly 12,000 votes.
  • What did the pandemic teach you? The COVID pandemic reinforced what I’ve already seen and experienced during major catastrophic events. I was born in Van Nuys and raised throughout Los Angeles. I lived in North Hollywood during the 1992 LA Riots and lived in Van Nuys during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. I was even at LAX in Terminal 3 during the 2013 LAX Terminal 3 shooting, where I helped hundreds of travelers at baggage claim get to safety. I lived in Calabasas during the 2018 Woolsey Fire, and like many was evacuated from my home. All of these emergencies have taught me that prior to these events we are often distracted by labels and party preferences and that these emergencies quickly bring us together. They have also taught me that we are often underprepared which is why I am a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainee. They have also taught me that I am a natural born leader who can stay calm in the face of emergencies and can bring people together and keep them safe.
  • Why are you seeking elective office? – I am running for Agoura Hills City Council because I am very invested in our city. I want to keep Agoura Hills clean, safe and prosperous, without overbuilding and losing our small town charm. I don’t want to see Agoura Hills turn into Los Angeles.
  • What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post? A critical difference between me and the other candidates is that I am a political outsider, a regular person and business owner, and an independent thinker. Three of my opponents already work for the city, two of those work for higher level politicians in the state, so I am entering the position as a business person willing to ask tough questions without any party or government pressure.
  • If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency): During my campaign, I have actually spoken to hundreds of Agoura Hills voters who, regardless of political party, are very frustrated that their voices weren’t heard about the development planned for Kanan. We all know how congested Kanan is in the mornings and afternoons already during school days, and there is concern about adding an influx of housing to that part of our small city. 
  • Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform. Issues that are important to the voters of Agoura Hills are also important to me. Those big issues right now are water resources, emergency readiness, and overbuilding in our city on main corridors. 
  • What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job? – My whole life has prepared me to be in public service. I grew up very poor on food stamps and through hard work, taking chances, and perseverance I came out the other side. I am able to understand and balance the needs of different points of view and places in life. I own my own real estate business and have created jobs and managed employees, schedules and payroll. I am running for Agoura Hills City Council to keep our city clean, safe and prosperous. As I have in my life, I will take time to listen to and understand all points of view, and work to bridge any gaps for the betterment of our city. 
  • The best advice ever shared with me was: I’ve learned many lessons from growing up poor with my younger brother and single mother, and received a lot of great insight and advice from the successful business people that I worked with. Some of the best and memorable advice I’ve received has been through my study of Kenpo Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jistu. One thing my Kenpo Karate Sensei Emanuel Jefferson (aka “Skewee”) always said during our training was: “How you do anything is how you do everything.” I still apply that advice today, and share that wisdom with my four kids. 
  • What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions? I am open minded and a dynamic leader dedicated to Agoura Hills and its future. If you have any questions about me, my campaign, and my plans when elected to City Council, please call me at (310) 906-5459 or visit my website at www.davidbramante.com.
 
Bramante 2022 - Family Photo at Agoura High School
Bramante 2022 - Yard Sign - Silvia Benun

Announcing my campaign.