Faulconer said he was committed to serving a full term as leader of the nation's eighth largest city.
"I am here for four years as mayor," he told the Associated Press.
Faulconer heads toward a June 7 mayoral election seeking to win a majority of votes needed to avoid a November runoff of the top two finishers. His successes in a city where
"I think of some of the reason that I get that question is because of the tremendous turnaround that we've had here in San Diego. My style is it's not about partisanship, and you hear me talk about that quite a bit because I believe it. God knows there's enough partisanship on the national level."
Faulconer has pursued a pro-business agenda closely aligned with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce while embracing more liberal positions on issues such as immigration and gay rights. He reaffirmed his refusal to endorse
"I said I'm focusing on local issues and building bridges in San Diego, and [Trump] hasn't earned my vote," he said.
Faulconer and Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin are often mentioned as potential Republican contenders for governor in a state dominated by Democrats.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom started banking cash more than a year ago for a run in 2018, and former Los Angeles Mayor
Other potential contenders include former eBay executive and state controller Steve Westly, billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer and current Los Angeles Mayor