After a resounding primary election victory for the Board of Equalization, Diane Harkey’s campaign continues to build momentum with the endorsement of one of Southern California’s leading Mayors – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Both Mayor Faulconer and Diane Harkey are respected for their fiscal expertise and dedication to building economic stability.
“As the mayor of the second largest city in the state of California I understand the importance of the Board of Equalization, it is significant to defining and implementing California tax policy that impacts San Diego businesses and families.” Mayor Faulconer added, “We need the active leadership Diane Harkey will bring to the five member board — I’m confident she’ll be an effective advocate for creating a stable environment for job creators, their employees and all California families.”
Diane Harkey’s thirty year career in corporate finance and banking will be a valuable asset to the Board of Equalization. As a former Mayor and current legislator she also understands government budgets and taxation policy. Diane presently serves as Vice Chair of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee and served three years as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee. Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins leaders throughout the 5 counties that encompass the 4th District Board of Equalization, including several San Diego County Mayors: Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, Encinitas Mayor Kristen Gaspar, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, Imperial Beach Mayor Jim Janney, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. Additional leaders who recently added their names of support include San Diego Supervisor Bill Horn, San Diego City Council members Lori Zapf and Mark Kersey, Oceanside City Council members Jack Feller and Gary Felien, Coronado City Councilman Richard Bailey, Vista City Councilwoman Amanda Rigby, Encinitas Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Muir, San Marcos City Councilwoman Rebecca Jones and Poway City Councilman John Mullin.
In the June 3 Primary election Harkey received the highest votes out of 5 challengers. The district encompasses 4.5 million voters in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial counties and the southern portion of San Bernardino.