Voters in the Sacramento suburbs once again are the focus of a mega-fight for the U.S. House, the super competitive 7th Congressional District race that every two years features millions in outside campaign spending from Republican- and Democratic-aligned groups. This year, Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, is seeking a third term in such a battle, facing Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a Republican.
In a barrage of television ads, both sides have been hit with stinging character attacks and questions over their policy choices. It all makes the race pretty difficult to sort out.
Here’s a quick guide to the House race, with the candidates’ position on issues, links to the one and only debate, and coverage of the controversies from The Bee.
Ami Bera, Scott Jones brief biographies, positions on issues
Ami Bera, Scott Jones grapple at debate over election fraud, alleged sexual harassment
Video replay: The Bera-Jones debate
Sacramento County appeals $3.6 million sheriff’s office retaliation verdict
Ami Bera fundraising pattern sidesteps donation limits
Sheriff Scott Jones accused of unwelcome sexual advances toward deputy
Babulal Bera gets one-year prison sentence for election fraud
Scott Jones disavows Donald Trump: ‘I will be voting for neither candidate for president’
Ami Bera’s Democratic critics say Elk Grove congressman disappoints
True false or iffy – Ami Bera ad highlights allegations of sexual advances by Scott Jones
True, false or iffy – GOP campaign ad overreaches on deeds by Ami Bera, Scott Jones
‘False and disgusting’ – Christy Jones defends husband in race with Ami Bera