After almost 1,000 days, tens of millions of dollars and one resignation, San Diego’s new mayor looks a lot like the mayors who have come before him.
Kevin Faulconer, a 47-year-old moderate Republican city councilman, won Tuesday night’s special election by a much bigger majority than expected. A jubilant crowd at Faulconer’s downtown election night headquarters only got more jubilant as the night wore on and his early lead held strong.
“Thank you San Diego, thank you San Diego, thank you San Diego,” Faulconer said to his throng of supporters. “I can’t wait to be your next mayor.”
Faulconer’s ascendance ends a nearly three-year process to find a permanent replacement for another moderate Republican mayor, Jerry Sanders. Democrat Bob Filner won in November 2012, but flamed out in less than 10 months after committing a felony related to his treatment of women.