By Lance Armstrong Citizen Staff Writer
Yona Barash, a practicing Fair Oaks physician and an attorney, became the third person to challenge U.S. Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) in California’s 7th Congressional District election in 2018.
Also planning to challenge Bera for that seat is Republican Andrew Grant, a business executive and Marine veteran; and Brad Westmoreland, a 30-year-old attorney for the state of California.
Barash, a 72-year-old Republican who supported Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election, described why he chose to run for Congress.
“Over the years, being in practice, I’ve seen things going really badly and deteriorating,” he said. “I have three kids that I raised here, and I hear it from my patients almost on a daily basis that they are concerned about their kids and grandkids not being able to do as well as we did and have the opportunities that we had.”
One of Barash’s greatest concerns is the state of the country’s health care system.
“Health care is going down the tubes,” he said. “Obamacare – maybe with good intentions – was a disaster.