Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Says He Won't Run for Governor in 2022

(Sara Nevis/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday he won't run again for governor.

Faulconer made the announcement in a statement Thursday. In last year's recall election, Faulconer received 8% of votes in California and around 15% in San Diego County, according to state and county data.

Faulconer issued a statement Thursday one day before the deadline to file to run in the June 7 primary.

Read Faulconer's full statement below:

"It's harder than ever before to get ahead in California. We all know it, which is why a majority of Californians believe our state is on the wrong track. I want to run for governor to change this, but the lingering effects of the circus that unfolded toward the end of last year's recall make it extremely difficult to relaunch the type of campaign I would want to run.

I appreciate all the encouragement I've received, but I know that now is not the right time. California's problems are solvable. Until we fix our state at the top, I know that we can continue to make progress city by city, community by community. Thank you all."

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