State tax official Diane Harkey on the issues

The 49th Congressional District stretches from La Jolla to Dana Point and is one of the most-watched races in the country this election season. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, announced in January that he would not seek re-election. Sixteen candidates are seeking to replace him. The San Diego Union-Tribune asked eight of the candidates to respond to several questions. Here are the responses.

Why should voters choose you over your opponents in this election?

I encourage every voter to examine what candidates say and what they have actually done. My leadership and voting record is consistent, conservative and clear. As vice chair of the Assembly Appropriations and Revenue and Taxation Committees, I was at the forefront working to reduce state debt, budget and pension shortfalls after the 2008 crash, and demanded early audits exposing fallacies of the High Speed Rail plan.

As the first Republican chair of the Board of Equalization in 15 years, with bi-partisan support I streamlined, simplified and updated regulations, and prevented yet another gas-tax increase. I am co-chair of the Gas Tax Repeal initiative, and received A ratings from Cal Chamber, National Federation of Independent Businesses, CalTax, and other pro-growth, pro-jobs organizations in the state.

What will be your top domestic and international priority in Congress?

At all levels but especially the federal level, our taxes should provide support for “public goods” necessary to a growing economy. I will work to procure adequate funding for California with regard to transportation, water and power infrastructure. National security, funding for our military, securing our porous borders, and working to update and improve our visa system, will ensure we have the workforce we need, while offering support for working families, our key employers and budding entrepreneurs.

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