Political campaigns often attract candidates with extraordinary biographies, but none may be as unique as that of Dr. Yona Barash, who announced last month that he was running as a Republican challenger in a Sacramento swing district.
Barash was born in Romania in 1945, when it was occupied by Nazi Germany. His family made it in 1950 to Israel, where Barash joined the Israeli Defense Forces, graduated from medical school, and then served as a doctor in a paratrooper unit. He immigrated to the United States in 1975, became a citizen five years later, and has worked as a surgeon in the Sacramento area since 1989.
Barash plans to make healthcare a key focus of his campaign. He was critical of the universal healthcare model proposed by some Democrats.