As mayor of America’s 8th largest city, Kevin Faulconer is one of only two Republicans leading one of the top 25 cities in the U.S. He’s done it with an inclusionary style that brings people together to get things done for the city and leaves partisanship at the door.
Mayor Faulconer was re-elected in June 2016 with 57 percent of the vote in a city with just 25 percent Republican registration. He earned 40 percent of the Latino vote and overwhelmingly won independent voters to build a coalition of people from every walk of life. His One San Diego vision, making sure everyone has a seat at the table, has helped move past political divisiveness and toward solutions that help San Diego families.
After eight years serving on the city council, Faulconer was first elected as mayor in 2014 on a campaign focused on government reform and transparency. His efforts to implement pension reform took a city that the USA Today dubbed “Enron by the Sea,” to a Aa2 and A1 bond ratings, while passing balanced budgets every year.
As mayor, Faulconer has delivered on his promises while focusing on growing the San Diego economy. San Diego’s innovation economy features breakthrough companies leading their industries in life sciences, high tech, telecommunications, blue tech, research, and even craft brewing. Unemployment has been cut by more than a third since he took office and Forbes named San Diego the #1 place in the country to launch a start-up, while San Diego was the only North American cities to be among National Geographic’s “World’s Smart Cities.”
San Diego’s 1.4 million residents are diverse and the city prides its place in the mega region that includes Tijuana and Baja California. Our crossborder commerce is growing, creating good-paying jobs, and more cultural appreciation. San Diego’s border region is an example of the kind of bridge-building that can help American companies, workers, and families.
Faulconer has a track record of delivering results for San Diego. In 2010, he helped lead the campaign against Proposition D, a sales-tax increase overwhelmingly rejected by voters. In 2012, he helped craft and lead the historic Prop. B Pension Reform initiative that is projected to save San Diego taxpayers nearly $1 billion over 30 years.
Faulconer graduated in 1990 from San Diego State University. He and his wife, Katherine, a small business owner, live in Point Loma with their children, Jack and Lauren.