Born and raised in Oxnard, Daniel Chavez, Jr. is proud of his roots and his community. The son of Georgia Elena Marquez and the oldest of four boys, he grew up in the Bryce Canyon North neighborhood in South Oxnard.

Daniel attended local schools in both the Oxnard and Hueneme School Districts. After graduating from Hueneme High School, he was employed by the Hueneme Elementary School District (HESD) as a paraprofessional. Daniel currently works for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a Bus Operator out of the Chatsworth Division.

In 2011, while working at HESD, he met his wife, Maricela. On January 11, 2014, Daniel and Maricela were married in their South Oxnard home. In December 2015, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Pauline. In January 2018, they welcomed their second child, a son named Matthew.

In 2016, Daniel ran for Oxnard City Council, promoting his positive message of “Protecting our families, quality of life, and most importantly, OUR future.” Although he lost his election in 2016, he was able to gain 6,533 votes in his first bid for public office.

Following the 2016 election, Daniel has continued to advocate for safer communities, more jobs, improved infrastructure, affordable housing, solutions to homelessness, and the need for transparency and good governance in Oxnard. On August 1, 2019, Daniel was appointed to the Oxnard Planning Commission after being nominated by Councilwoman Gabriela Basua of the Fifth District. Since his appointment, he has created a strong voting record that supports the needs and wants of the residents of Oxnard.

In October 2019, Daniel created the Safety Ambassadors For Employees (S.A.F.E) Committee with Metro Los Angeles Division 8 - Chatsworth. The committee is responsible for addressing safety concerns from operators to promote a safer work environment. 


In November 2019, Daniel graduated from the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, an intensive, in-depth, 10-month examination of the vital industries and institutions contributing to Oxnard's economy, education, and governance. 

In January 2021, Daniel was appointed to the Ventura County Transportation Commission by the Mayors of Ventura County to represent all ten cities. Oxnard Mayor John C. Zaragoza nominated Daniel, and Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava supported the nomination. The votes result was unanimous for Daniel to serve a four-year term from February 1, 2021 - January 31, 2025.

"For one to govern responsibly, one must listen to their community."