Sen. Marco Rubio. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons
Sen. Marco Rubio. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has emerged as one of seven co-chairs for Republican moderate Marco Rubio‘s presidential campaign in California.

“Marco Rubio knows that it is not about where you came from, or what your last name is, but that in America anyone can succeed,” Faulconer said Friday about the U.S. senator from Florida. “He has the vision and the record to lead and strengthen the American Dream for everyone.”

Though the San Diego mayoral election is nonpartisan, Faulconer is a Republican.

Other co-chairs include Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel; Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber; Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Riverside; Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford; Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto; and Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita.

Rubio also recently received an endorsement from Rep. Darrell Issa, who represents coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.

Rubio is third in the race for the GOP presidential nomination in an average of national polling data compiled by, trailing real estate developer Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas.

City News Service contributed to this article.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.