Diane Harkey. Official state photo

Retiring Rep. Darrell Issa on Wednesday officially endorsed Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey to succeed him in the 49th Congressional District in north San Diego and south Orange counties.

“She’s probably more skilled in coming to office than I was,” Issa said. “She’s had to battle the bureaucracy in Sacramento and she’s had to deal with the tax code.”

Harkey served three terms in the Assembly before being elected in 2014 to the Board of Equalization, the agency charged with tax administration and fee collection. Her district includes much of Southern California.

Issa appeared with Harkey in an exclusive interview Wednesday morning on 10News.

Harkey, who indicated last week she had Issa’s backing, said she was “extremely honored” by the endorsement.

She faces fellow Republicans Rocky Chavez and Joshua Schoonover, as well as Democrats Doug Applegate — who narrowly lost in 2016 — Mike Levin, Paul Kerr and Sara Jacobs.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.