Missy Cotter Smasal joined the Navy and served during Operation Enduring Freedom. When she returned home, she owned and operated a successful small business, Rita’s Italian Water Ice, for over 10 years and became an activist in the Virginia Beach community. Since then, she has advocated for economic growth, school safety, and protecting the environment.
- A Navy veteran committed to protecting her country and her community
- Small business owner with a keen understanding of the obstacles they face
- Activist who fought for school safety and passing the ERA through the Virginia Beach City Council
Use of Missy Cotter Smasal’s military rank and job title does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.