Diane Harkey Announces Endorsement of Kelly Ernby for Assembly



Diane Harkey Announces Endorsement of Kelly Ernby for Assembly

Former State Board of Equalization Chair Diane Harkey endorses Kelly Ernby in the race for California’s 74th Assembly District

(Huntington Beach, CA) – Former State Board of Equalization Chair Diane Harkey today announced her endorsement of Kelly Ernby for State Assembly.   

“Kelly Ernby has my endorsement in the race for the 74th Assembly District because she has an accomplished track record in both the private and public sectors,” said Diane Harkey. “It is crucial for qualified, motivated women - especially those with a law enforcement background, to run for elected office, and Kelly Ernby is a great example of the kind of leader the 74th District deserves in Sacramento.” 

Diane Harkey was first elected to the 4th District of the California State Board of Equalization in 2014 and served as Chair from 2017 to January 2019. The 4th District of the California State Board of Equalization encompasses Imperial, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties, as well as small portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Harkey also served as a state legislator, representing the 73rd Assembly District from 2008 to 2014.

Harkey’s endorsement adds to the growing list of prominent supporters of Kelly Ernby for Assembly, joining Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner, Mission Viejo Mayor Greg Raths, Huntington Beach Mayor Erik Peterson, former Newport Beach City Council Member Scott Peotter, Irvine Mayor Christina Shea, Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Kuo, and many other community leaders and former elected officials.

“I am proud to have the endorsement of Diane Harkey,” said Kelly Ernby. “As a former Assemblywoman, Diane understands the importance of sending resilient Republican leaders to Sacramento. It is my priority to bring local control back to the 74th District and bring fiscal responsibility back to California.”

Kelly Ernby is a pro-business, pro-taxpayer, political outsider with over 16 years of legal experience, including more than seven as a local prosecutor. As a deputy district attorney, Ernby has litigated some of the most serious and complex cases in the areas of the environment, consumer protection, labor violations, and fraud. Ernby is a California native, the daughter of two enlisted members of the U.S. Navy and the sister to a Marine. Ernby now resides in Huntington Beach with her husband.  

The 74th district encompasses the beach towns of Huntington, Newport, and Laguna as well as Costa Mesa, Laguna Woods, and Irvine. Republicans have a 4% voter registration advantage in the district (35% Rep, 31% Dem, 30% NPP).

To learn more about Kelly and her campaign for State Assembly, visit https://KellyErnby.com/

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