Yona Barash, a Fair Oaks physician, said the health care debate in Congress sparked his candidacy. His campaign is being run by those who handled Republican Scott Jones’ unsuccessful 2016 campaign against Bera. He has never held elected office.
Republican Andrew Grant, a Marine Corps veteran, is also challenging Bera next year, when he’s up for re-election. On the Democratic side, Brad Westmoreland, a 30-year-old lawyer who backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign last year, has also launched a campaign.