LD 10 House Candidate Cat Ripley Campaign kick off party

    March 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Javelina Cantina
    445 S Alvernon Way
    Tucson, AZ 85711

    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.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 50 people at the Javelina Cantina to help Cat kickoff her campaign. Her Japanese (Issei) Mom and two sisters were present. Her campaign people are also working with former House Rep. Victoria Steele (running for State Senate in LD 9). Catherine spoke of her Naval career and having lived all over the world. She is fluent in a few languages yet called herself a “soccer Mom”. More at her website, http://www.ripleyforarizona.com.

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