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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 52

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John Horst

Planning Group Leader
5,435 votes (3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reform the Federal Reserve to return it to its original mandate of price stability.
  • Re-enact "Glass-Stegall" to separate commercial and investment banking
  • Replace ObamaCare with six regional health care exchanges run as member owned non-profits (like credit unions) under federal charter.



Profession:Cyber Security Software Engineer
Cyber Security Software Engineer, MI Technical Solutions (2008–current)
Treasurer, Mira Mesa Community Foundation — Elected position (2012–current)
Chairman, Mira Mesa Community Planning Group — Elected position (2013–2016)
Treasurer, Mira Mesa Town Council — Elected position (2012–2016)
Secretary, Mira Mesa Community Planning Group — Elected position (2009–2013)
Software Development Manager, Innova Systems, LLC (2005–2008)


Bethel University Master of Divinity (M.Div), Theology and Church Leadership (2008)

Community Activities

Treasurer/Administrative Coordinator, Pacific Lighthouse Christian Fellowship (2001–current)
President, Mira Mesa Youth Baseball (2010–2012)


Thank you for the time you give to your vote in this and every election. The American dream can only be passed on to our kids when our generation is engaged in the life of our communities.  Your vote is the most important part of securing a safe and prosperous future.

      Over the past ten years I have led various community organizations. As Chairman of the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group I have seen our local leaders struggle to solve problems.  Most often they are blocked by federal regulations. I am running for Congress because I know what local leaders need to succeed in helping our communities. I will bring proven initiative and leadership to lift the weight of federal regulations from the shoulders of our community leaders.

      My wife and I will watch our oldest son graduate from high school this year.  His brother will follow him two years from now.  I am also running for Congress for them.  When I graduated from St. Augustine High School here in San Diego in 1985, our economy was recovering and we were excited.  I want my sons to be as excited about their future as I was about mine.

      We must make hard choices to fix our economy.  Government is spending far too much and Wall Street is gambling instead of supporting our wealth creators.  I will lead, and together we will make the tough choices necessary to renew the American dream for the next generation.


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Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from John Horst:

Yes.  The administrative portfolio of immigration - meaning the creation of applications, the intake of these applications, and the issuance of documents - should be taken away from the government.  It is possible to create a federal charter containing all of the current regulations and requirements, and then to allow communities of interest to organize non-profit immigration cooperatives to manage the administrative process.  Two examples will suffice:

1) An agricultural sector like the Central Valley growers could form their own immigrant labor cooperative and manage the process of bringing the needed workers into the country.  They would fund the coop themselves, but be bound to the terms of their charter.  Government would audit these coops to ensure compliance.

2) Higher Ed: Colleges and universities could form their own cooperative to issue student visas.  Again, they would fund this coop themselves and be bound to the terms of their charter.

In both (and all other) cases, the government would retain its law enforcement portfolio and would be tasked with auditing coops to ensure compliance.  We already have a mature national security clearance process and should require those who run and work for these coops have a security clearance.

By doing this, we will be able to bring innovation and efficiency to the process of coming here legally.  This will then eliminate much of the need to come here illegally.  Instead of trying to make being here illegally hard, we should be working to make getting here legally easy

The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
Answer from John Horst:

I believe compromise requires two things: 1) We must be telling the truth on the front end; and 2) we must follow through on our commitments on the back end.

Telling the truth seems to be where we have the greatest difficulty.  We are not telling the truth about unemployment, which is really in the 9-12% range.  We are not telling the truth about inflation.  Anyone who has made dinner lately knows it is not 2%.  And if inflation is being undereporrted, then economic growth is being over-reported - the GDP calculation uses the rate of inflation as one o fits variables.  This works it way down to basic revenue.  If we cannot tell the truth about economic growth or decline, we are not telling each other the truth about revenue.

And if we cannot tell the truth about how much money we have to spend, how can we possibly compromise on how to spend it?

Removing the collection and reporting of economic data from the Executive branch (and perhaps putting it under the Federal Reserve) has to be the first step to ensure we are being honest about the data.  Then and only then will be able to compromise - as long as we are willing to follow through on our commitments.

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Answer from John Horst:

We have largely lost sight of two authorities belonging to Congress in the Constitution.  We are aware Congress has the authority to declare war.  But they also have the authority to issue "Letters of Marque and Reprisal" and to "make rules concerning captures on land and sea."

These authorities were used early in our history to deal with piracy.  Today, ISIS is just the 21st century version of the Barbary Pirates America fought in the 1800s.  Terrorism is, largely, a phenomenon similar to piracy albeit with different motivations.  Congress should issue a Letter of Marque and Reprisal and direct the Executive to have the Department of Defense seek applicants from among the civilian population who wish to enforce the reprisal with the logistical support of the U.S. military.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from John Horst:

Current legislation sets standards of review the courts then follow when evaluating environmental impacts of projects challenged in court.  I would support legislation requiring judges to relax the standard of review on environmental impacts of water-related projects under conditions of a drought emergency as we have currently.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $14,600

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo
Employees of Rhino Linings
Employees of Garden Communities
Employees of The People's Church
Employees of Re/Max International

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (88.36%)
Small contributions (11.64%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe the essence of "conservative" political philosophy is a preference for civil society over political society.  Government and its constituent bureaucracies (political society) are animated first by competition for budget resources.  The good we expect to be done is often swallowed up by these budget battles.  Government is best suited to provide the necessary regulatory framework and compliance auditing, but civil society - community non-profits - will always be superior to political society when it comes to both understanding the needs of local people and meeting those needed efficiently.

When government is arranged such that it takes on only those burdens we cannot otherwise shoulder ourselves, civil society enjoys the widest range of freedom to creatively meet the needs of thoswho do need help.  But those who receive help enjoy something much more important - the dignity of being lifted up by someone who knows their name.

Position Papers

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