Young Kim and Diane Harkey, who are both running for House seats in districts including portions of Orange County, were among the 11 candidates added Friday by the National Republican Congressional Committee to the first round of its “Young Guns” program.

The candidates met specific goals to ensure their campaigns are able to operate effectively, according to Erin Collins, a committee deputy press secretary. The goals were not disclosed to the public.

The program was founded during the 2008 election cycle and seeks to increase the number of Republican House members, also the main goal of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Kim, a former assemblywoman, and Harkey, a State Board of Equalization member, were the only candidates from California selected for the program.

Kim finished first in the June 5 primary in the race to succeed Royce, R-Fullerton, in the 39th Congressional District.

The district includes portions of eastern Los Angeles County, northern Orange County and Chino Hills and a portion of Chino in southwestern San Bernardino County.

Harkey finished first in the 49th Congressional District race to succeed retiring Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista. She’ll face Democratic environmental attorney Mike Levin in November.

The district straddles Orange and San Diego counties, stretching from Dana Point to La Jolla.

The Harkey and Levin campaigns did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

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