SACRAMENTO -- A Russian-born, American raised, politically active congressional aid is throwing his hat into the ring.

Igor Birman, the chief of staff for 4th District Congressman Tom McClintock announced Thursday that he will be running to unseat Democrat Ami Bera in the 7th Congressional District race.

"I believe in personal responsibility. I believe in limited government. Those are the principles on which our nation was founded, but those principles are now sneered at by many in our government," he said.

Birman says top-down policies such as the Affordable Care Act, do not take into account the effect they are having on the economy. He says those policies are putting drag on the economy and holding back the recovery.

Earlier this week Republican Doug Ose announced his plans to run for the same position.