Councilman Kevin Faulconer to run for mayor, Team 10 sources say

Backstory on Carl DeMaio's decision revealed

SAN DIEGO - Sources told Team 10 San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer will run for mayor, as former Councilman Carl DeMaio announced he would remain in a congressional race to be a part of the "new generation of Republicans" in Washington, D.C.

Team 10 has also learned it was good, old-fashioned, hardball politics that convinced DeMaio not to run for mayor.

Thirty business and civic leaders leaned on DeMaio to stay in the congressional race, and sources said the leaders told DeMaio he needs to be in Washington and become the "head of the ticket" for the Republican Party in the San Diego region.

Sources said that left the party free to nominate one candidate for mayor -- Faulconer.

The Lincoln Club, Republican Party County Chairman Tony Krvaric and other insiders have been pushing to get the party united behind the two candidates -- DeMaio for Congress and Faulconer for mayor.

Sources said Faulconer already has a team lined up to handle the campaign -- Revolvis Political Consulting, considered the "new" guys in town. While Revolvis does not have the longevity of other firms, it is very much big-league in who works in the San Diego offices.

For example, Revolvis Vice President Justin Matheson, partners Jason Roe and Duane Dichiara and others, have years of campaign experience on the local, state and federal levels, according to the firm's website.

Revolvis is also handling the DeMaio campaign. It appears the last thing anyone wanted was DeMaio to bolt and run for mayor, but he wrestled with the decision for some time and sources told Team 10 DeMaio did not make up his mind until late in the process.

Sources said among those responsible for turning DeMaio included the U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester.

The Team 10 sources said Manchester told DeMaio he could kiss the U-T's support goodbye if DeMaio didn't stay in the congressional race, where his polling numbers seem strong.

Faulconer is set to make his candidacy announcement Wednesday, sources said.

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