John Horst and Michael Allman
John Horst (left) and Michael Allman. Campaign photos

Rep. Scott Peters faces two more well-known Republican challengers in his bid for a fourth term representing the 52nd Congressional district in San Diego.

Mira Mesa community leader John Horst and former Sempra Energy executive Michael Allman both announced their candidacies this month.

Horst promised “a different kind of Republican candidacy, one that speaks meaningfully across the aisle and insists on putting community before politics” while also addressing the concerns of the “Trump voter.”

“We must return to the traditions that built the greatest country on earth — traditions of honest listening, civic advocacy, and consensus building,” Horst said.

Allman also criticized what he called the “political infighting and posturing that’s happening in Washington” and promised to listen to the district’s voters.

“The voters of San Diego lean left on some issues, and lean right on others, but their representatives vote overwhelmingly along party lines. I will listen to the voters,” said Allman.

Horst is a cybersecurity engineer with 20 years experience and a long-time civic volunteer, serving as chairman of the Mira Mesa Community Planning group. Allman was a Sempra executive for 14 years, rising to CEO of the company’s Southern California Gas unit, and then led a successful technology startup.

Three other Republicans are also in the race, lawyer Omar Qudrat, surgeon James Veltmeyer and retired Army sergeant Daniel Casara.

The 52nd District covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the City of San Diego.

Chris Jennewein

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