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Who Am I?

I am Gary Scott Martin. I am the oldest of three children and the only son of Conrad Lee Martin, Jr. and Loretta Ollie Thomson. (May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.) I am a first-generation Californian. I was born in Long Beach, lived briefly in Santa Maria/Orcutt, grew up in Nipomo, went to college in Los Angeles and Palo Alto, and have resided in Tehachapi for my entire adult life (excepting the academic year of August 1985 through August 1986, spent in Palo Alto). I have been married to Kathy Ann Nusbaum since 1978. We have a daughter and a son. We have five grandchildren. We have been parishioners at Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church here in Tehachapi since we were newlyweds. I am a 1974 graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Santa Maria, California; a 1978 graduate of the University of So

Proud "Never Trumper"

"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it." Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Messrs. Henry L. Pierce, & others, April 6, 1859. I was a nearly lifelong Republican until earlier this year. I was finally obliged by conscience to change my registration back to "No Party Preference," which is how I originally registered on my 18th birthday. I changed my registration to Republican while I was still 18. I am also a proud "NEVER TRUMPER" despite the president's persistent bullying and vilifying. I was never so embarrassed to be a Republican as on the day that Donald J. Trump was nominated for the Presidency. For the first time ever, I voted Libertarian in the last presidential election because I could stomach neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Cl