I’m ultra-proud of my friend Kevin Faulconer who became the 38th Mayor of San Diego after winning hard-fought special elections in 2013 and 2014 and then winning re-election in June, 2016. Prior to that he served as City Councilman and before that worked for Porter Novelli, a San Diego public relations firm. “Shortly” after I earned my BA at SDSU, Kevin was elected student body President, so we’re both proud Aztecs.
Leading the state’s 2nd largest city (and the nation’s 8th largest) is not an easy job, but Kevin’s experience is a big advantage. He is termed out of office (boo) in 2020. I didn’t ask Kevin about his future plans, but I’m sure he’ll make the right decision for himself, the constituents he serves and his family. –JN
Q: What music are you listening to these days?
A mix of stuff including Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney and Van Halen.
Q: What was your favorite musical genre as a teenager and what is it now?
I was into hard rock and still am. I’m also listening to more classic rock and country these days.
Q: Favorite sport and why?
College football because you can’t beat the excitement and the energy. Go Aztecs!
Q: Favorite alcoholic beverage in winter and summer?
Gin and tonic year ‘round.
Q: If you could return to a place you’ve traveled, where would you go?
I’d love to go back to Europe, particularly Spain and France. The people and the culture are extraordinary.
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when grew up?
Probably an airline pilot.
Q: What’s the most important issue facing the City and what should be done about it?
Taking care of San Diego’s streets and infrastructure has been one of my top priorities. Since I took office in 2014, we’ve nearly tripled the amount the City has spent on road repair. We’re now well on our way to reaching my goal of repairing 1,000 miles of streets in five years.
Q: If you could go back in time, which former President would you like to chat with and what’s the topic?
I’d love a chance to sit down with Abraham Lincoln and just listen. It would be interesting to hear his thoughts on how he tried to unite a divided nation.
Q: What advice do you have for young people starting out in your profession?
I’d tell them to get involved in politics as a volunteer. You meet so many people and you never know who is going to open a door for you at some point down the line.