Carolyn’s Note: Cat Ripley is a political newcomer in now a 4 way Democratic primary for 2 House Seats in LD 10, joining Rep. Kirsten Engel and two other political newcomers, Domingo DeGrazia and Nikki Lee. Two winners will face off with incumbent Republican House member Todd Clodfelter, in the Nov. 2018 General Election.
Cat Ripley is half Japanese American.
Campaign website: https://www.ripleyforarizona.com/
“Catherine was raised in Wolf Point, Montana and graduated from Wolf Point High School. She was one of the first women accepted at Annapolis, graduating from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Engineering and minor in Political Science. She graduated from the Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, California with a master’s degree in National Security Affairs.
Catherine proudly served as a Naval Officer for twenty-six years in anti-submarine warfare during the Cold War and as a diplomat, serving at two different U.S. Embassies abroad for Defense Cooperation in The Hague, and for the Defense Intelligence Agency as the Defense Attaché in Madagascar. She was also the Executive Officer for one of the largest Navy ROTC programs in the country, in Boston, Massachusetts where she trained over 1600 midshipmen to receive degrees and commissions from Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Tufts, and Northeastern University.
After retiring from the Navy, she accepted an executive leadership position at Raytheon in Tucson where she retired in 2015.
Catherine is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pima Community College, where she teaches political science, International Relations and the U.S. Constitution.”