Education: Bachelor's degree in English literature from UCLA.
Career: Antiques and art appraiser, health and wellness instructor, small-business owner for 25 years.
Community Involvement: California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness, board of directors of Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics, Council on Aging, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, West Orange County YMCA and Community Care Health Center. Also a member of Huntington Beach Tomorrow, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Amigos De Bolsa Chica and Friends of Shipley Nature Center.
Hobbies: Cooking, travel.
Dianne Harman may depend on her husband for name recognition, but environmental positions have given her strong backing in the community.
Harman doesn't have any experience in elected office, but that's not deterring her from running for the 67th District Assembly seat.
Politics for Harman is about relationships and issues. "You can be much more effective if you know the people to go to," she said.
And she says she already has a network of connections in the capitol: "With me, there's no learning curve."
Harman is the wife of Republican Tom Harman, former Huntington Beach mayor and city councilman, who has been termed out of the Assembly seat his wife now seeks.
Tom Harman is the Republican candidate for the 35th state Senate district seat.
Huntington Beach Tomorrow, an organization founded by Tom Harman, has chosen to support Dianne Harman despite her lack of experience.
"We have a governor who just walked in from being an actor, we had a president who walked in from being an actor," said Ed Kerins, the group's president.
Her promise to protect the Bolsa Chica wetlands has earned Harman the support of three City Council members, Huntington Beach Tomorrow, the Bolsa Chica Land Trust and other organizations.