Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates congressional candidate Dr. Yona Barash for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of California to oppose higher taxes.

Dr. Barash was born in Romania during WWII and immigrated to Israel where he joined the Israeli Defense Force after high school.  Later, he graduated from the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem. In 1975, Barash moved to the United States and has practiced surgery in the Sacramento area since 1989.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and grow the economy. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about Dr. Barash’s commitment to the taxpayers of California. I challenge all candidates for California’s 7th Congressional District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.