San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer will announce Wednesday that he plans to help lead the opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s statewide fall ballot initiative to make some felons eligible for early parole.
Faulconer, among the state’s most prominent Republicans, is scheduled to appear with a trio of county prosecutors and victims’ rights advocate Marc Klaas at an 11 a.m. event in San Diego.
“Every family deserves to feel safe in their homes and community,” Faulconer said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “But Prop. 57 would make it easier for criminals who have committed deplorable, violent crimes to be eligible for early release. I’m joining public safety leaders and victim’s rights advocates from across California to strongly oppose this misguided measure.”
As head of the nation’s largest city with a Republican mayor, Faulconer provides the No on Proposition 57 campaign an elected leader from outside of law enforcement to counter Brown, a relatively popular fourth-term governor.
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Faulconer, before winning a second term in the June primary, said he wasn’t interested in running for governor when Brown steps down in 2018, potentially joining a field that thus far includes Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Treasurer John Chiang, both Democrats.
But Faulconer’s role as a chairman in the No on 57 campaign would give him an elevated platform to travel across the state, appear in other TV markets and raise money from donors outside of San Diego.
Last month, Brown’s proposal survived a court challenge to block it from the statewide ballot on procedural grounds. It is one of at least 17 measures going before voters on Nov. 8, including a pair championed by Newsom to legalize recreational marijuana and impose tougher gun-control standards.