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State of CaliforniaCandidate for GovernorNewsom Replacement

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Kevin L. Faulconer

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Clean up tent encampments on the sidewalk, end open air drug markets and get people off the streets and get them the help they need.
  • I'll get tough on crime in California. Instead of enabling and coddling up to defund the police activists, I'll be a Governor that works with our police departments, encouraging more funding for the training & equipment necessary to reduce crime.
  • We must cut taxes for our middle-class families that have been squeezed by Gavin Newsom’s one-party rule in Sacramento. I will start by enacting the largest middle class tax cut in California history.



Profession:Former Mayor of San Diego, Businessman & Educator
Mayor of San Diego, Elected and re-elected as Mayor of San Diego — Elected position (2014–2020)


San Diego State University B.A., Political Science (1990)


The 36th mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer is running for governor to restore California’s promise of liberty, equality, and opportunity. He has earned a reputation for returning ethics and integrity to public service and putting people above politics by focusing on the issues that matter to Californians.

A proven leader with a record of winning in California, Kevin Faulconer has been elected twice in a city with just 24 percent Republican voter registration – a mirror of the state as a whole – by uniting people of all parties and backgrounds.

Kevin isn’t a Sacramento insider or wealthy multi-millionaire. He started off cleaning carpets while attending state college. And just like the rest of us, he and his family have felt the effects of Gavin Newsom’s chaotic pandemic response. His wife, Katherine, had her small business devastated by the pandemic. Their children both go to public schools and have seen their education upended by the lack of leadership from the Governor’s Office.

From bringing California’s second-largest city back from the brink of bankruptcy to getting San Diego back on track after it was rocked by a corrupt mayor, Kevin Faulconer is tested and ready to keep leading. As America’s only big city Republican mayor, he’s shown he can turn government around and return its focus to what’s important: serving you. As Governor of California, Kevin Faulconer will work for us – and restore balance to our state.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,926,694

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Palos Verdes Properties
Employees of G H Palmer Associates
Employees of All Property Management
Employees of CONTINUUM
Employees of Buzz Oates

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.24%
Texas 3.73%
Nevada 0.69%
Utah 0.37%
Other 0.98%

By Size:

Large contributions (92.30%)
Small contributions (7.70%)

By Type:

From organizations (9.72%)
From individuals (90.28%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Cleaning Up Our Communities


We need to restore pride to our neighborhoods.


We Californians are rightfully proud of our parks, outdoor spaces, and environment. But under Gavin Newsom, many of our beautiful public areas have been tarnished by garbage, graffiti, and even human waste. You should not have to fear that you or your child will be stuck with an abandoned drug needle while playing in the park or walking on the grass.

As mayor, Kevin Faulconer launched an ambitious initiative that successfully removed thousands of tons of trash from sidewalks, freeway underpasses, and wetlands restoring dignity to local communities. He used technology to let residents request cleanups and report trash, resulting in cleaner streets, parks, beaches, and bays.

As governor, Kevin Faulconer will launch a statewide public-private partnership to clean up all of California’s communities particularly those heavily impacted by the effects of homelessness to keep our neighborhoods, wild spaces, and water clean and safe.

Respecting Your Hard Earned Money


You should be able to keep more of the money you work so hard to earn.

We have to work longer and harder these days to live the California Dream. But under Gavin Newsom, the cost of living and doing business is spiraling out of control, forcing our family and friends to leave the state we call home. California should be a place anyone can live, not just the wealthy.

As mayor, Kevin Faulconer spoke out and helped defeat higher sales and property taxes that would have made living in California even more expensive. He opposed increasing the gas tax and successfully helped stop a plan to undermine Proposition 13 that would have hurt small, family, and minority-owned businesses. He signed seven balanced budgets, brought onboard an independent auditor to serve as a watchdog over government spending, and made government more efficient and transparent.

As governor, Kevin Faulconer will fight so you can keep more of the money you earn. He will veto any tax increase that comes to his desk. And he will defend Proposition 13 to support homeowners and small businesses. You work hard to live within your means, and he will run a fiscally responsible government that does the same.

Keeping Our Communities Safe


Protecting our neighborhoods is government’s top priority

You deserve to be safe from harm and feel secure in your community. But under Gavin Newsom, California cities have seen an increase in burglaries, car thefts, and violent crimes all while violent felons are released early and allowed to roam our streets without respect to the rights of their victims.

As mayor, Kevin Faulconer kept San Diego one of the safest big cities in the United States. As other cities defunded the police, he increased the department’s budget and staffing. He protected peaceful protesters and had violent rioters arrested. He appointed the city’s first female police chief, made 9-1-1 responses faster, was a national leader in the adoption of body-worn cameras, and oversaw a historic recruitment effort to ensure the best and brightest wear the badge.

As governor, Kevin Faulconer will never forget that your safety is the government’s top priority. He will support the hard-working law enforcement professionals who keep us safe. He will also expect public safety officers to meet the highest standards as they fulfill their oath to protect the public. And he will work to ensure violent criminals are held accountable for their actions.

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