Kevin Faulconer and Bonnie Dumanis

Kevin Faulconer and Bonnie Dumanis

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday he would not run for mayor of San Diego, instead endorsing District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in the race to succeed Mayor Jerry Sanders, who is termed out.

In a news release from the Dumanis For Mayor campaign, Faulconer said she “is the candidate who can best move San Diego forward.”

"We may not agree on everything, but I trust Bonnie. She has the experience you need to succeed as mayor, and she is able to bring people together to build a better San Diego. In addition to her success in refocusing a complex organization like the District Attorney’s Office, she is a former Superior Court Judge whose ethics and legal expertise can help guide us through these next critical years."

Many political observers had expected Faulconer, a two-term councilmember, to mount his own campaign for mayor.   

"I am honored and humbled by the support I have received from San Diegans who have encouraged me to run for mayor," Faulconer said. "I am going to continue to responsibly reform city government, deliver quality neighborhood services and protect our beaches and bays as a leader on the City Council. It is my hope that Bonnie Dumanis can join me at City Hall as San Diego's next Mayor.”

In addition to Dumanis, Councilman Carl Demaio and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher have announced their mayoral bids. State Sen. Christine Kehoe has launched an exploratory committee in advance of a possible candidacy. Observers say Rep. Bob Filner is also thinking about entering the race.

The Mayor's Offices said that Sanders will announce his mayoral endorsement Wednesday at 8 a.m. on Fox 5 Morning News.