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Truckee local enters race for governor

In a Sierra Sun article titled Truckee local enters race for governor, Justin Scacco highlights Lonnie Sortor's candidacy for the 2022 California Governor's race. Sortor enters the race with decades of experience in the construction business and a desire to listen to all of the people of California. He emphasized government's responsibility to serve the people, and protect their personal freedom. During the interview, Sortor commented on the key issue of housing before sharing some of his experiences on the campaign trail. Sortor is not a career politician and offers a fresh perspective on improving California for future generations.
Link to the full article by Justin Scacco.

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Answers to I-Voter Guide Questions

Right to Life

1: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

None. There is no circumstance that justifies abortion. I believe that all life is sacred from conception to natural death. As life begins at conception,I believe the unborn child has a fundamental right to life. To honor God in all we do requires us to accept that He alone is the giver of life. He also knows the beginning to the end, up to our very last breath and beyond. Abortion is man's attempt at being God.

2: Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments (including Title X grants).

Strongly Agree

The use of taxpayer money to fund Planned Parenthood is 100% unacceptable. As a believer in Christ, funding these institutions with our tax dollars takes away the opportunity to live out our personal beliefs. This is a direct attack on our moral values. If you follow the money, you can see that taxpayer funds are distributed to Planned Parenthood on a regular basis. However, Planned Parenthood redistributes those funds back to democratic candidates who vote to keep them funded.

3: I support 'aid in dying' laws which legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Strongly Disagree

Assisted suicide and euthanasia is another attempt of man trying to be God. These practices get in the way of God's ultimate plan for our life. Who are we to say when our life ends? The implementation of aid in dying laws is a testament to just how far we have turned away from the belief in God. It is by His grace we are saved.

Economy

1: What changes, if any, should be made to the tax code?

We need to revise the tax code to make it a "Pro-Growth" system. As it is written and used today, taxes are treated more like a penalty for those businesses and individuals that want to succeed. As a free market economy, we should encourage corporations and small businesses alike to expand facilities, hire more employees,create new opportunities, and invest more into our communities. This can be accomplished with tax incentives, tax credits, and a host of other items to defer the cost of growth. The tax structure should be a sustainable system that minimizes the risk of hyper taxation and puts more money into the pockets of the working class. A revised tax code is a critical step in retaining large corporations and small businesses in California. Not only will we give them a reason to stay and invest, but we will lay the ground work to bring back California Companies that left our great state. Transparency will be the key in any revision.All taxpayers have the right to know how and where their hard earned money is being spent. This will be a cornerstone to a sustainable system for generations to come.

2: What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

First of all, I will run this state as a business that is responsible to its shareholders, you the public. To balance the budget, I would look at every department, agency, program, and process to eliminate the inefficiencies across the board. Unfortunately,there is so much waste in government spending that the public really has no idea where the money goes. The one thing that will be applied to all departmental budgets is eliminating the "use it or lose it" thought process. Instead of encouraging over spending and waste, we will implement a reward system for saving money and being more efficient in terms of costs.

Departments will be able to roll over their savings for future needs, which in turn reduces the amount needed the following year. Transparency will be implemented across the board. All taxpayers should have the right to know.

3: Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

I believe the government-controlled education system is flawed. If taxpayer funds are used to guarantee public education through college, it will further remove the desire for our children to work harder, be better, learn more, and go on to being a productive and participating member of society. The focus should be on a quality K-12 education that prepares our children for the next steps in life. Bring back US History, teach the constitution, reading, writing, and math so they can succeed.

Religious Liberty

1: Individuals and businesses should be required to provide services even if it would violate their moral and/or religious beliefs.

Strongly Disagree

As an American, our constitution affirms our right to religious liberty. As a believer in Christ, we are called to represent Him in all we do. It is not just our right, but it is our responsibility to stand firm on our morals and values. It is our right to exercise our God given freedoms by openly expressing our beliefs in our daily life. In so doing,we should not be forced to compromise our values to meet the demands of those with different values.

2: Under what circumstances can government close churches?

None. There is no circumstance that gives government the right to close churches. Government has no authority over our right to worship. In fact, the church should be a place where all people can go for help when needed. As we have experienced over the last couple years, when government mandated the churches to close, there was a significant rise in suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, and depression among the people. The basic function of the church is to be a place where people can go to get help. The bible teaches that we are to help those in need. In the time of need, who better than the church to extend a helping hand? Our government should do all they can to keep churches open and operating.

Healthcare

1: What most closely matches your view on healthcare: A) Healthcare for all should be guaranteed and funded by the government with no private healthcare option. (includes "universal healthcare," "medicare for all," etc.) B) Healthcare insurance funded by the government should be available for all who want it, along with private health care options. C)Medicaid and Medicare should remain available, but no other taxpayer-funded programs are necessary. □)Tax-payer funded health care should be abolished in all forms, and Medicaid and Medicare should be de-funded.

C) Medicaid and Medicare should remain available for those aged 55 and over or close to retirement, but no other taxpayer­ funded programs are necessary. Unfortunately, a large portion of our country and state rely on Medicaid and Medicare for assistance. Most of these people do not have the financial resources to secure totally private insurance at this time. As with all programs controlled by government, taxpayer dollars are used to fund procedures that do not align with our core values as a believer in Christ. We are in essence funding abortion, gender altering processes, and immoral lifestyle behavior training. None of which align with our biblical beliefs. There is no mechanism for controlling costs through competition so program expenses are not sustainable.The use of private insurance providers creates a competitive market place where people can choose what services they need, what doctor to visit, and how best to meet their individual healthcare needs. I support private healthcare insurance programs.

2: Under what circumstances (if any) should a government, school, or employer be allowed to require vaccinations?

I don't believe vaccinations should be required by any government, school,or employer. I believe each of these entities have the responsibility to provide accurate and truthful information about any and all vaccines so each person can make their own decision with input from their personal medical provider. Under no circumstances should a person be discriminated against, penalized, or demoralized for not agreeing to accept a vaccination that is not in alignment with their personal and religious beliefs.

National Security

1: What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of Islamic terrorism?

The first step to eradicate all terrorism is to secure our borders. Once we secure our borders, we can begin to remove any and all terrorist organizations operating in our country. There needs to be a focus on rebuilding our military to once again be feared around the world. The lack of producing a well trained, heavily armed, and ready to deploy military force has given Islamic terrorists a belief that America is weak. Our weakness is being displayed by the current administration. The acceptance and promotion of gender specific policies within the military ranks is not a show of strength. Men and women alike who are well trained and qualified to serve is the backbone to a strong military. When we can treat each of them with honor and respect, they will gladly stand on the wall and against all enemies foreign and domestic. A strong military will deter all threat of Islamic terrorism.

2: I support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BOS) movement to pressure Israel to withdraw from occupied territories,remove the separation barrier in the West Bank, allow full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees.

Strongly Disagree

The land of Israel is sovereign in the eyes of God. Israel has the right to defend itself against radical extremists. We need to support Israel in their defense. The bible teaches us that those who stand with Israel will be blessed. America has seen the benefit of those blessings for many years. To turn our back to the land God chose will bring punishment. We are beginning to see these punishments unfold around us each day. We must recommit to stand with Israel.

Immigration

1: The U.S. should do more to physically secure the southern border.

Strongly Agree

Securing our southern border is a top priority. I believe the Trump wall needs to be completed to help stop the flow of illegal drugs and human trafficking. We need to provide more personnel, proper funding,and new technologies at controlled entry points into the US. Our National Guard Units should be deployed to assist our Border Patrol agents in stopping the crossing of illegal immigrants.

2: Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Law-abiding citizens that can demonstrate that they have enough financial resources to provide housing,medical care, and can take care of their own families; those with clean backgrounds and no criminal records; those that can confirm they have rightful employment in the US; and most importantly, those who wish to become a United States citizen should be allowed in this country. It needs to be a process by which citizenship is earned and not given freely. Our founding fathers had to fight for our freedoms and so should any persons choosing to make the United States of America their home.

Education

1: I support school choice, including voucher programs, tax credits, charter schools, private schools, and home schools.

Strongly Agree

I believe every child has the right to a quality education. It should be the parents choice to choose where their children attend school. As the public education system is failing our children, it must be the parents responsibility to see that their children are properly educated and prepared for success after graduation. As with all parental rights, parents decide what is best for their children.

Values

1: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

2: I support adding gender identity as a specially protected class in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree

The bible teaches that there are only two genders, male and female. The constitution affirms that all men are created equal and all have the same God-given rights. To support gender identity is accepting that God may have made a mistake. God makes no mistakes.

3: Marriage is a God-ordained, sacred and legal union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition

Strongly Agree

4: I agree with Critical Race Theory (CRT) which asserts that the institutions in the United States are fundamentally racist.

Strongly Disagree

5: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that the entire bible is inspired by God and is without error. There is one God who is eternal and manifests Himself in three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah, who was born of a virgin, without sin, God in the flesh, and the One who died on the cross for my sins, was buried, rose again on the third day, and ascended into heaven to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for me. I believe Jesus Christ is going to return in the clouds for His church before the tribulation that is coming upon the whole earth. At the end of the tribulation,I believe Jesus will return with His saints and His holy angels and set up His kingdom on earth, ruling and reigning forever and ever. I believe all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. For those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus, acknowledge Him as God, ask for forgiveness of our sins, ask Him to be the Lord of our lives, and place our trust and faith in Him alone, will be saved. I believe that all believers need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a godly life and be bold in our witness for the Lord. I believe marriage is between one man and one woman as ordained by the word of God. The sanctity of human life must be preserved from conception to natural death. I believe that we are called to live a life according to the Holy scriptures which is our witness to an unbelieving world.

Elections and Voting

1: People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

It should be required to show photo identification in order to vote in this country. Identification is required for many services today. This is not a new or burdensome requirement. ID's are required for banking, driving a car, flying on an airplane, and getting a COVID vaccine. Voting is a duty we all share and as such you should want to make sure your vote is counted. Just show your ID.

2: What laws would you propose to change present voting practices?

There are many ways we can make our elections fair and secure. The amount of election fraud that has taken place and a lack of transparency have caused people to lose faith in our system. Without trust and faith, people see no reason to vote. The following can help change that perspective: Make Photo Identification required. Eliminate mail in ballots except for those with special circumstances. Make the clearing of voter rolls an annual process. Make the entire process transparent and open to public view. Reduce early voting options. Eliminate acceptance of votes after election date.

Race Relations

1: Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

The use of racism in today's world is a threat to our domestic security in the United States. Racism in and of itself poses not threat. However, as we have witnessed through extreme activism, the use of racism as a way to divide people groups has created a level of hatred that we have not seen in decades. Groups that disguise themselves under labels such as BLM, have written an narrative that says all police are bad, white people are privileged,blacks are being oppressed, and the list goes on. In fact, this narrative is being legitimized by many political leaders who continue to buy into the lies and proceed to defund our police departments. All the while, these same groups that are demanding fair and equal treatment, have destroyed government buildings, burned down private businesses, attacked innocent people,committed murder, and riot with violence whenever they don't get their way. Organizations and groups such as these are the real threat to our domestic security in the US. Racism is only an excuse for them to hide their real intentions. Those intentions are to destroy this great country.

2: Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree

Reparations should not even be a consideration.

Energy & Environment

1: Which comes closest to your view? A) Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many job sand hurt the economy. B) Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost.

A) Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy. There is a balance between imposing stricter laws and regulations that hurt the economy versus the cost of over regulations. We can all do better from an environmental perspective. To accomplish more, we must step back and look at what we are currently doing as compared to where we have come from. Over regulation does not equal a better environment. In many cases is has the reverse effect and hurts the economy.

2: I support the use of hydraulic tracking to extract oil and natural gas resources.

Strongly Agree

Qualifications

1: What do you think is the general purpose of government?

The general role of government is to restrain evil, and to maintain, uphold, and protect the sanctity of life, liberty,and property. It is to serve the people, honor the constitution, uphold our rights to be a free nation under God, and provide an environment where all people can enjoy the pursuit of happiness.

2: When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and religious liberty, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

3: Please provide publicly available information, including interviews and media reports, validating your answer to the previous question (other than your website).

Seethe following messages from teachings at Calvary Chapel Truckee: https://cctruckee.com/index.php/messages/message/do-not-be-deceived and https://cctruckee.com/index.php/messages/message/living-a-life-like-david

4: Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized in either civil or criminal court for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

5: What else would you like voters to know about you, including your legislative priorities?

My legislative priorities begin with rolling up my sleeves and getting to work. The number of issues we face today continue to be ignored due to the continued distractions of outside influences.Ronald Reagan once said, "we can agree on 80% of the issues and disagree on 20%. Let's go ahead and solve the 80% first, then we can work on the remaining 20%. That is what I plan to do. We can fix many things now, then focus on solving the items we may not all agree upon. I call this common sense.

Criminal Justice

1: Police officers should be personally immune from prosecution for conduct consistent with departmental policy (qualified immunity) while on duty.

Strongly Agree

Police officers should not be subject to prosecution for following proper department procedures while on duty. They are trained professionals and we need to give them the tools and support to do their job. Keeping their minds free from concerns of prosecution should be mandatory for the department.

2: I support redirecting funds from police departments to mental health and community programs.

Strongly Disagree

Not only do I disagree, but I support increasing funding to properly train and equip our police personnel. We need to support their efforts to keep our communities safe.

2nd Amendment

1: What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

California already has the strictest gun laws in the nation. Many of these could easily be reduced if we allow our police officers to do the job for which they have been trained. It is proven that criminals do not care what the gun laws say. They will find a way to commit a crime with or without current or new gun restrictions. Law-abiding citizens should have the right to gun ownership without undue burdens. Gun ownership is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment and we have the responsibility to protect our families and property.

2: Victims of gun violence should be able to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers.

Strongly Disagree

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