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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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City of San DiegoCandidate for Mayor

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Kevin Faulconer

Mayor of San Diego
181,147 votes (57.23%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Street Repair and Neighborhood Infrastructure
  • Public Safety
  • Reforming City Hall

Experience

Experience

Profession:Mayor of San Diego
City Councilmember, City of San Diego — Elected position (2006–2014)

Education

San Diego State University BA, Political Science (1990)

Biography

Kevin L. Faulconer became the 36th mayor of San Diego on March 3, 2014, on a campaign message of bringing San Diego together and restoring integrity to City Hall.

Shortly after taking office, Mayor Faulconer began implementing his "One San Diego" vision -- an inclusive city government that creates opportunities for San Diegans and delivers results for every neighborhood.

One San Diego is best exemplified in the first two budgets he put forward. Faulconer has directed 50 percent of all new major revenue toward neighborhood improvements like street repairs, sidewalks and streetlights. He targeted the City's pockmarked streets by doubling the miles of roads repaired annually to meet his goal of fixing 1,000 miles of streets over the next five years. He also increased the hours at libraries and recreation centers to their highest level in a decade and created an afterschool program for students in areas with the lowest test scores. He funded a new firefighter "Fast Response Squad" program and increased ambulance service, both of which have significantly improved emergency response times.

Faulconer has also made significant changes to bring transparency and efficiency to City government. He appointed Shelley Zimmerman, the first female police chief in San Diego history, to change the culture in the San Diego Police Department. Working with labor unions, he created an incentive program called San Diego Works that rewards employees for money-saving ideas that have generated $1.3 million in average annual budgetary savings so far. He created an online budget tool that allows San Diegans to see how their tax dollars are being spent. He also launched a major overhaul of the City's website that makes it more user-friendly and employed local San Diego tech companies to do the work.

In addition, Faulconer has strengthened binational relations with Mexican leaders; created a year-round indoor homeless shelter for families and veterans that replaced temporary outdoor winter tents; negotiated a five-year deal with police officers to address recruitment and retention problems; increased funding for homeless services with a renewed focus on programs that provide services to end homelessness; and bolstered the innovation economy by inking an economic development package that ensures innovative entreprenuers will continue to thrive and grow in San Diego.

Faulconer previously served as the District 2 City Councilmember for eight years, including as Council President Pro Tem. As chair of the Council's Audit Committee, he worked to restore the City's credit rating and repair its credibility with investors following a pension scandal.

Faulconer has a track record of delivering results for San Diego. In 2008, he took a lead role in drafting and supporting Proposition C, which passed with 67 percent of the vote. The measure ensured money generated in Mission Bay Park is invested there and at other City parks.

Faulconer also campaigned in 2008 for the alcohol-free beaches and bays, a measure also supported by voters. In 2010, he helped lead the campaign against Proposition D, a sales-tax increase overwhelmingly rejected by voters. In 2012, he helped craft a successful pension reform initiative that is projected to save San Diego taxpayers nearly $1 billion over 30 years.

Prior to his election to the City Council, Faulconer worked in public affairs for more than a decade and was vice president of a leading firm where he managed complex projects within strict budgetary guidelines.

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.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We’ve accomplished so much in the two years since you elected me. City finances are back on track. Without raising your taxes, we’ve prioritized hiring public safety officers, kept library and recreation centers open longer, fixed tens-of-thousands of potholes and doubled the miles of streets repaired. I’m committed to finishing the job of restoring neighborhood services.

Two years ago I pledged to bring our city together – to build One San Diego. I’ve worked hard to be inclusive of all our communities, and I made it a priority to improve services in neglected neighborhoods.

We’ve overcome tough challenges and there’s a lot more work to do. Continuing pension reform, attracting more goodpaying jobs, and improving streets and neighborhood infrastructure remain my top priorities.

I very much enjoy working for you. I get up every morning thinking I’ve got the best job in the world, in the best city. I’d be honored to continue serving as your mayor and would appreciate your vote.

- Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer

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There is a better way to get thing done for San Diego. Mayor Faulconer has the vision and experience to lead San Diego.

Candidate Contact Info

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