Kevin Faulconer

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Kevin Faulconer
Kevin Faulconer Portrait.jpg
36th Mayor of San Diego
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 3, 2014
Preceded by Todd Gloria (interim)
Member of San Diego City Council representing the Second District
In office
January 2006 – March 3, 2014
Preceded by Michael Zucchet
Succeeded by Ed Harris
Personal details
Born (1967-01-24) January 24, 1967 (age 47)
Oxnard, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Point Loma, San Diego, U.S.
Alma mater San Diego State University
Profession Politician
Website Mayor of San Diego

Kevin Faulconer (born January 24, 1967) is the mayor of San Diego, California. He was elected in a special election in February 2014 and will serve the balance of his predecessor's term, through the end of 2016.[1] He was sworn in as mayor on March 3, 2014.[2]

Until his election as mayor, Faulconer served as a San Diego City Council member representing City Council District 2. He served on the council from January 2006 to March 2014,[3] including two years as the council president pro tem, the number two leadership position on the council.[4] He is a Republican, although local government positions are officially nonpartisan per California state law.

Life and career[edit]

Faulconer was born and raised in Oxnard, California[5] and graduated from San Diego State University in 1990, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and served one year as Student Body President of Associated Students. He and his wife Katherine, a small business owner, live in Point Loma with their two children.[6] Before running for office he was an executive with the public relations firm NCG Porter Novelli and volunteered on the Mission Bay Park Committee.[5]

San Diego City Council[edit]

Faulconer and Todd Gloria at a San Diego Comic-Con event in 2014

Faulconer ran in the 2002 city council election for district 2 but lost to Michael Zucchet in a close-fought election.[7] After Zucchet resigned in 2005, a special election was held that November. There were 17 candidates and none got a majority, so a runoff was held on January 10, 2006, between the two top vote-getters, Faulconer and Lorena Gonzalez.[8] Faulconer won the runoff with 51.5% of the vote.[9] He was elected to a full term in June 2006 [10] and re-elected in June 2010; [11] in both cases he won an outright majority in the primary and so did not have to run in the November general election. He was ineligible to run for re-election in 2014 per city term limits.

Although Faulconer was once a supporter of alcohol being allowed on public beaches in San Diego (his 2006 opponent Gonzalez supported a limited ban), he changed his opinion after winning election to the city council. Following an alcohol-fueled riot at Pacific Beach in 2007, he persuaded the city council to pass a trial one-year ban on alcohol at the beaches; the next year the ban was made permanent by a citywide vote.[12] Since 2008, this has impacted the beach communities in the district.[how?][13]

He campaigned against a proposed sales tax increase in 2010. Other issues he promoted include the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan and more housing services for the homeless.[6] He pushed for several years for an ordinance limiting the parking of oversize vehicles on the streets; the ordinance finally passed the city council in July 2013.[14]

Faulconer was chair of the council's Audit Committee, which is charged with clearing out an audit backlog and restoring the city's credit rating. He was vice chair of the Rules and Economic Development Committee and a member of the Budget and Finance Committee.[15]

Mayor of San Diego[edit]

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer marching in the 2014 San Diego LGBT Pride Parade

In September 2013 Faulconer entered the race to succeed mayor Bob Filner in the special election.[16] He was endorsed by the local Republican Party[17] [18] and by former Mayor Jerry Sanders, now president of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Faulconer was also endorsed by former San Diego city attorney and mayoral candidate Mike Aguirre, a Democrat.[19]

In the election held November 19, 2013 he received 43.58 percent of the vote and advanced to a runoff election against fellow city councilmember David Alvarez in February 2014.[20] He was elected mayor on February 11 with 54.5% of the vote. He was sworn in on March 3, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Special election to replace Filner set for November 19". KFMB-TV. August 28, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer expected to be sworn in March 3". CBS-8. February 12, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Steele, Jeanette (January 14, 2006), "City Council newcomer outlines wide-ranging agenda", San Diego Union Tribune: B4 
  4. ^ La Jolla Light, lajollalight.com, December 14, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Profile, San Diego News Network, July 28, 2009.
  6. ^ a b City Council biography page
  7. ^ San Diego Union-Tribune, November 9, 2005
  8. ^ 10 News, November 9, 2005
  9. ^ San Diego County election results, co.san-diego.ca.us, January 2006.
  10. ^ Primary election results June 2006
  11. ^ Primary election results June 2010
  12. ^ Dillon, Liam (September 12, 2013). "How Kevin Faulconer Banned Booze at the Beach". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ Schwab, Dave (September 2013). "A look at the beach booze ban six years later". San Diego Community Newspaper Group. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ De La Rosa, Christian (July 8, 2013). "City Council passes oversized vehicle restrictions". Fox 5 San Diego. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ "City Council Committee Meetings". City of San Diego. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Faulconer jumps into race for mayor: Aguirre expected to formally announce bid". ABC 10 News. September 4, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ Weisberg, Lori (October 29, 2013). "Cal Atty Gen backs Fletcher for mayor". San Diego Union. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  18. ^ Gustafson, Craig (February 11, 2014). "Faulconer wins mayor's race". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  19. ^ August, J. W. (October 30, 2010). "Kevin Faulconer campaign commercial uses face familiar to San Diegans". ABC 10 News. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ "San Diego mayor race: Alvarez, Faulconer expected to meet in runoff". ABC 10 News. November 19, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Todd Gloria (interim)
Mayor of San Diego, California
2014–present
Incumbent