Orange County assemblywoman endorses Etta Waterfield

State Assembly candidate Etta Waterfield announced that another conservative lawmaker has endorsed her bid to replace Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee.

"We know the Democrats are going to continue pressuring the legislature to raise taxes, " said Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-San Juan Capistrano, "and that's why we need proven conservatives like Etta Waterfield in the Assembly to stop higher taxes."

Waterfield's campaign described Harkey as "renowned for her expertise in financial matters, " noting her 30-year career in finance and banking before being elected.

She was picked to be the lead Republican on state-solvency strategies, according to an announcement by Waterfield, and has worked with Assembly budget staffers and members of the Department of Finance on fiscal issues.

Waterfield — a former Santa Maria planning commissioner — is one of four Republicans seeking the seat now held by Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, who cannot run again because of term limits.

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong and San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen are also running in the June primary.

The winner of that race would face Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias, who is the only announced Democrat seeking to represent the 33rd Assembly District, which stretches from San Miguel to Lompoc.