Huntington Beach Councilman Matthew Harper announced his candidacy Monday night for the newly created 72nd Assembly District.
Harper, 37, said he's qualified to serve because of his experience of more than 12 years as a trustee for the Huntington Beach Union High School District, his work for the county and his service on the City Council.
Harper has served the last four years as deputy chief of staff for County Supervisor Janet Nguyen. He left the post this month to work as the public affairs manager at the county's waste and recycling department.
"I'm experienced, qualified, I vote responsibly, and I share the same values with most voters in Orange County and in the 72nd Assembly District," Harper said in an interview Tuesday.
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission created the 72nd district this year with areas from Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Westminster, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, Santa Ana, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Midway City and Sunset Beach.