(Dana Point, CA) – A strong first half of 2013 helped push Assemblywoman Diane Harkey’s campaign fundraising totals past $420,000 as of the June 30th reporting deadline, with over $200,000 in available cash-on-hand.
Harkey’s Board of Equalization campaign has also invested several hundreds of thousands of dollars in the major Republican slate cards, providing a strong electoral footprint for the seat that spans one fourth of the State’s population. The Orange County Register remarked that these slate cards give Harkey ‘an edge’ in the race to replace termed out BOE Member Michelle Steel.
“The Board of Equalization requires strong funding to reach the District’s four million voters,” said Harkey spokesman Tim Clark. “Diane Harkey is the only candidate who has shown the ability to raise the resources necessary to win this seat.”
After a successful 30-year career in business finance, Diane Harkey was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008, representing the 73rd Assembly District. She currently serves the Orange County communities of Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano. Prior to redistricting, she also served the San Diego County communities of Oceanside, and Camp Pendleton.
As Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Assemblywoman Harkey has scrutinized budgets and proposed fiscally sound, market-oriented solutions for restructuring the State’s debt service – earning her a reputation as one of the Legislature’s leading fiscal hawks.
Diane worked her way through the State’s Community College system and eventually graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.