John Horst is a Cybersecurity Engineer with over 20 years experience helping civilian and military leaders succeed with secure, cutting-edge information technology.
One of four children of a Navy family, John was raised in San Diego, graduating from Saint Augustine High School in 1985. He and his wife Pauline married in 1995 and bought their Mira Mesa home in 1997. 20 years later, they have raised two boys in Mira Mesa and will be sending them off to college soon.
Over those 20 years, John has given thousands of hours to various volunteer groups in his community. John was elected to two terms on the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group, serving as Secretary for five years and Chairman for three. John has a proven track record of practical solutions and successful community advocacy at all levels of government.
His unique background gives John an unmatched grasp of how local problems span multiple levels of government. Practical solutions require leadership which is willing to work across both the political aisle as well as across various levels of government.
John is committed to a principle articulated by President Ronald Reagan – it is remarkable how much can be accomplished when you do not care who gets the credit.
John in Leadershiip
Elected to two terms to the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group, as Secretary (5 years) and
Chairman (3 years), John advocated for his community and other communities in the District on
matters decided at all levels of government.
• Elected to three terms on the Mira Mesa Town Council as Treasurer.
• Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM): John manages cybersecurity compliance for a joint
tactical data link product used by the Navy, Marine Corp, and Air Force to provide a tactical
situational awareness to troops in the field.
• Cybersecurity Software Engineer: John supported software development efforts for Navy
personnel and equipment readiness reporting, and is recognized as a Pacific Fleet subject matter
expert for U.S. Navy equipment readiness reporting.
John will bring a unique combination of the ‘hard power’ of votes in Congress and the ‘soft power’ influence a member of Congress can wield to help local leaders solve our most pressing problems.
John will spearhead a drive to reorganize local government efforts on homelessness with the creation of a Joint Powers Authority.
John will see to it that we begin solving local problems with a cross-jurisdiction, team approach.