Kevin Faulconer

Age: 54
Party: Republican
Home: San Diego

Mayor of San Diego from 2014 to 2020, after 12 years on the city council. Pushed for more development to boost San Diego’s housing supply, increased the city’s number of shelter beds and called for stricter enforcement against “tent cities.” Fluent in Spanish, his dad was an assistant city manager, his mom was a college professor and they were both Democrats. 


Immigration reform, low property taxes, Donald Trump in 2020


Homelessness, Gavin Newsom, Trump in 2016 

If he becomes governor: 

  • Would try to reduce homelessness by opening more shelters and increasing enforcement of no-camping laws in public spaces
  • Would seek to exempt military retirement income from state income taxes and increase the property tax exemption for veterans with disabilities
  • Would try to end state income taxes on individuals making less than $50,000, and veto any tax increase
  • Would try to double wildfire prevention funding and streamline prevention efforts with a new state department
  • Would oppose efforts to defund the police, early release programs for prisoners and seek stricter consequence for crimes
  • Would launch a public-private partnership to clean up parks and outdoor spaces, particularly those “heavily impacted” by homelessness
  • Would lift mask mandates and any COVID-related business capacity limits, launch a small restaurant relief fund and allow restaurants to write off protective equipment on their taxes 
  • Opposes a statewide vaccine and testing mandate for teachers and staff, and says local school districts should decide
  • Would boost state funding to increase teacher salaries and provide kids access to summer school, longer school days and after-school tutoring, as well as more mental health counselors for students affected by the pandemic
  • Would pause new programs until the Employment Development Department is fixed, especially the agency’s technology 
  • Would address California’s water supply by adding new reservoirs and water recycling plants, and calling on the state to invest in water infrastructure repair  
  • Would oppose California water board’s restrictions on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta 

Personal quote: 

“This election calls for a serious candidate with serious policy proposals.”

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Sameea Kamal is a reporter at CalMatters covering the state Capitol and California politics. She joined CalMatters in June 2021 from the Los Angeles Times, where she was a News Desk editor. Sameea was...