Small Business Advisor, Community Leader
Dante Acosta is a community leader and successful businessman running for State Assembly to bring common sense solutions to Sacramento. Our state government is making it harder for Californians to make ends meet and even harder for small businesses to grow and create jobs.
Born and raised in Southern California, Dante lost his father when he was just 11 years old. Shortly after his death, Dante’s mother started a family clothing boutique to support the family, instilling a strong work ethic and the spirit of volunteerism in Dante and his siblings.
Dante worked during high school and college, in auto parts shops and car dealerships, eventually rising to General Sales Manager of a San Fernando Valley Chevrolet dealership. His success led him to a career in finance with senior leadership positions at Wells Fargo, Prudential Financial, and ING.
After 20 years advising individuals and businesses and spending countless hours volunteering in his community with Circle of Hope, William S. Hart Museum, Santa Clarita Valley Rotary club, Old Town Newhall Association, and coaching Little League and drama, Dante ran for the Santa Clarita City Council. He serves on the Economic Development Committee, Film and Tourism Committee and as Santa Clarita’s representative to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).
Dante and his wife, Carolyn, moved to Santa Clarita 30 years ago. They chose Santa Clarita as a great place to live and raise a family and have been blessed with three children: Rudy, Alexandra, and Doran.
After his eldest son, Army Specialist Rudy Acosta, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011, Dante focused his energy on his family and giving back to his community. Dante is the founder of the Rudy A. Acosta Memorial Foundation and a member of the fundraising committee for the Portraits of the Fallen Memorial, a project that honors California’s fallen heroes from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.