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 — Diane Harkey, Dana Point

It’s shameful that Mr. Sipolski can still not tell the truth after a grueling “civil” jury trial in 2013 where numerous hurtful allegations against me were dismissed or ruled in my favor, including false claims about my home.

In fact, the plaintiffs, including Mr. Sipolski, and the court dismissed me with prejudice which means, “We’re sorry, we made a mistake and we won’t do it again.” Nonetheless, letters such as these circulate each election cycle.

For the record, I have lived in Dana Point for most of my adult life and worked hard for what I have. I graduated at 17, began supporting my family, started a banking career at the age of 20 and worked my way through community college and UCI, earning a degree in economics, while progressing with my career. I’ve raised a daughter, worked and volunteered in the community for years. I was elected to serve on Dana Point City Council and served as mayor, where we finally approved what is now the Harbor Development Plan. I was elected by citizens to serve three terms in the Legislature, the first to fight against the wasteful High Speed Rail plan and Sacramento’s tax-draining schemes; returned Orange County’s $50 million “swiped” vehicle license fees; helped San Juan Capistrano to amend housing laws to increase options for affordable housing for existing units; resolved water quality and other issues. Then you elected me to serve four counties with regard to tax policy, where I became the first Republican chair of the board in 15 years.

From this constitutional office, we assisted over 500 taxpayers with vexing issues, resolved appeals and saved lives and businesses daily.

I’ve worked hard for you, cleared my name through a grueling forensic analysis and court trial. Understand that wannabe political opponents, with no record of service, regurgitate unfounded smears. Consider the source, my endorsements (law enforcement, Orange County Register included) and record of service. The 2008 crash was terrible, but I know who I am, I know the truth and I want you to know it too. See for more information.


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  • The 2008 crash was painful? Mrs. Harkey, you were married to your husband while he ran the multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme which helped cause the crash. And he lost his appeal, too. Facts are facts.

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