By Jim Shilander
State Assemblywoman Diane Harkey has announced that she will be seeking a position on the State Board of Equalization in 2014.
Harkey, who is term-limited, is in her final term in the state assembly. She will be running in district four of the equalization board, which is a five-member body responsible for collecting state sales-and-use taxes (including property taxes), excise taxes, fuel taxes and fees. Four members of the board are elected, with the State Controller filling the fifth position.
The area is currently represented as district three by Michelle Steel, will term out in 2014. Steel is the highest-ranking Republican woman office holder in the state.
The new district four will include all of Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Diego counties, as well as portions of southern San Bernardino County.
Harkey, a resident of Dana Point, has served in the assembly since 2008. She will formally announce her candidacy later this month at the Orange County Republican Central Committee meeting and hold a campaign kickoff event in March. Harkey was reelected to the assembly last November.