Running for Congress in the newly created 10th District are Jose Hernandez and Jeff Denham. I've met both men. Hernandez came across as pleasant and soft spoken. He has little political experience but an impressive technical and scientific background with a master's degree in engineering and work at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.
As a NASA astronaut, he gained invaluable insight on technical matters, but he also had to work together with others as a team in venture where mistakes could cost the lives of him and others. His technical and scientific background would be a welcome addition to a Congress that in recent years has placed politics ahead of science. Hernandez appears to be someone who would be willing to work with those of different views.
Denham, on the other hand, came across as somewhat arrogant. He has demonstrated in his political career an unwillingness to compromise and nearly always followed the Republican Party's positions and the tea party mantra that "it's our way or the highway." Do not believe him for a minute that he is bipartisan. He is not. We need more people in Congress like Hernandez and fewer like Denham.