With so much focus on Congressional races and statewide contests, it's easy to lose sight of seats here in North Carolina that matter most: those in the General Assembly. That's why I've invited Ed Ridpath to join us Sunday night (7 pm) for a conversation about his campaign to unseat a special-interest Republican (my words, not Ed's.)
From Ed's website:
Ed Ridpath was born at Fort Bliss Army Hospital in El Paso, Texas in 1960. Ed and his sister were raised by a single working mother in Excelsior, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. After graduating from High School, Ed had a short career as a radio DJ and then enlisted in the US Navy. Petty Officer First Class Ridpath served as a Nuclear Reactor Operator aboard the submarine USS Sam Rayburn. Ed was honorably discharged after eight years of service in Charleston, SC.
Ed performed government contract work supporting the US Department of Energy at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC. He received a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of the State of New York, after ten years of part-time coursework.
Since 1999, Ed has lived and worked from his home in Fuquay Varina for IBM. Ed and Jeanne, his wife of twenty-six years have two children; Veronica, 18; and Ryan, 12.