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Harkey.JPGRepublican Assemblywoman Diane Harkey has made her plans to run for state Board of Equalization in 2014 official, announcing her candidacy in a piece posted on the conservative FlashReport.org website today.

The Dana Point Republican, who has served in the lower house since 2008, has already opened a campaign account to run for a seat on the tax board when current Vice Chair Michelle Steel is termed out in 2014.

Harkey is one of several GOP members reportedly eyeing the Southern California seat.

In her announcement piece, Harkey talked not only about her own political future, but her ideas about rebuilding the Republican Party in the wake of 2012 losses. She urged fellow Republicans not to compromise their conservative principles, saying members "must 'expand' who we are, and not lose sight of what we stand for."

"While the hurdle is high, working together, with candidates that aren't afraid to engage outside Republican circles, we can win," he said. "People, especially the young, like winners; let's go forth and multiply to set the stage to win again.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblywoman Diane Harkey looks at the roster during an Assembly vote on March 17, 2011. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee.



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