It looks like U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters won’t get to sail to reelection in 2016 without a fight. Mission Viejo Councilman Greg Raths has pulled papers to challenge Walters again, in the 45th Congressional District, according to OC Political.
Raths ran against Walters in 2014 but he was later elected to the Mission Viejo City Council. Now he has a title and can raise a lot more money than he did in 2014.
Four candidates ran for the 45th Congressional District in 2014, including California State Senator Mimi Walters (R), Educator/Businessman Drew E. Leavens (D), Retired Marine Colonel Greg Raths (R), and Buena Park Library District Trustee Al Salehi (NPP).
Walters miffed conservatives when she voted for H.R. 2029 – the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill that funded the federal government through September 30, 2016. That spending bill was a huge Christmas gift to President Barack Obama. The bill appropriated $1.141 trillion for fiscal year 2016; a $53 billion increase from last year. If you divide up the 2,009 pages by its full cost, it is worth $572 million per page. Click here for more gory details.
Republican voters have shown this year, by supporting Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz that they are tired of the establishment Republicans, which include Walters.
Greg is resolute in his commitment to the sound principles that have guided him throughout his life and through his years of military service to his country. Greg is a passionate leader and defender of our Constitution.
Greg graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. He later earned a Masters Degree from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and recently received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science at CSUF.
Greg is a long time homeowner and resident of Mission Viejo. He came to Orange County in 1978 as a young First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and was based at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro.
He served 30 years on active duty as a fighter/attack pilot retiring in 2004 at the rank of Colonel. During his years in service he commanded a Marine Corps Fighter/Attack Squadron, Marine Air Group, and served as Chief of Staff of a Marine Air Wing. He is a decorated combat pilot of Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch and Restore Hope. He has 75 combat missions in the F/A-18 Hornet. He also served for three years as Assistant Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer of the White House Military Office from 1996-1999.
Greg flew commercially for Jet Blue Airways out of Long Beach, followed by serving as President of an automobile parts distribution firm in Anaheim.
Greg is a publisher and author. His first book 9 Lives of a Fighter Pilot is in its 3rd printing with all profits donated to the Semper Fi Fund.
Greg volunteers within his community of Mission Viejo as a member of the Elks Lodge, Rotary Club, American Legion, VFW, St. Kilian Knights of Columbus, and UniteOC Toastmasters International. Greg serves as the Executive Board of Directors President for the Charity Patriots and Paws, a charity that supplies companion dogs, and furniture and home goods to veterans at no cost. Member of CA Assemblyman Bill Brough Veterans Advisory Committee. Member of Vanguard University Veterans Advisory Board.
Greg is a Director on the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) Board.
Greg has been married to Luci for 33 years. They have three children. His son Michael is a third generation military aviator in the Raths family. His daughters, Kristen and Kathryn, are both elementary educators in the Irvine Unified School District. Greg and Luci have three granddaughters, Julia, Katelyn and Sean MyKayla.
Luci and Greg are now both retired.