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John Quaye Quartey, II is the son of an immigrant, a veteran, an entrepreneur, and a proud husband and father.

Quaye’s father immigrated from Ghana to the United States, where he earned a college degree and worked as a chemist. His parents raised Quaye and his four brothers to have a strong work ethic, value teamwork, and give back to their community. A product of California schools, Quaye excelled on and off the field. He earned a spot at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he played varsity football and ran track. Upon graduation, Quaye began his life-long dedication to public service and was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy.

Quaye served in combat in Kosovo and Iraq while also supporting counterterrorism and cyberwarfare operations around the globe. Quaye spearheaded intelligence operations on five continents before serving as a military diplomat in France, and then Central Africa, where he commanded special forces to combat ISIS-inspired terrorists and protect American interests abroad.

Quaye honorably retired from two decades of active-duty military service at the rank of Commander. He returned home to California and enrolled in Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he earned a Master’s degree in Business Management. Combining his military experience with his passion for giving back, Quaye started a small business whose mission is to grow other small businesses that serve working families in their communities.

On January 6th, 2021, as Quaye watched as extremists carried out a Trump-fueled insurrection at our nation’s Capitol, he felt a call to serve his country and his community at home.

Quaye lives in Santa Clarita with his wife, Nancy, and their two children, ages 9 and 11.

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