State Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, is no longer alone on the campaign trail. Republican Chengzhi "George" Yang, 36, decided to challenge Mr. Gordon.
The two will battle over District 24, which includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, Mountain View, and other towns roughly between El Granada and Los Altos. Mr. Gordon has served in the assembly since 2010.
Mr. Yang, a software engineer and stay-at-home father of two, said that many Assembly members share a similar background in nonprofit management with Mr. Gordon. "An Assembly without Mr. Gordon will be none the worse," he told the Almanac, but a district that encompasses Facebook and Google might be better served by an engineer.
The Menlo Park resident described himself as pragmatic and logical, qualities that may counterbalance his lack of political experience. Those qualities also seem to lead Mr. Yang to oppose high-speed rail, in contrast to the other candidate's efforts to secure $90 billion in funding.
"The voters of District 24 can afford to send me to Sacramento for a couple of years to get something done while Rich continues his diligent and thorough search. While he is at it, could we ask Rich to locate Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster as well?" Mr. Yang asked.