Emerging from the shadows of Harry Dunn, a celebrated former U.S. Capitol Police officer known for his courageous defense of democracy during the notorious January 6, 2021, Capitol attack, a new figure steps into the corridors of power. With the dust settling on his distinguished law enforcement career, Dunn now embarks on a fresh mission – vying for a seat in Congress representing Maryland’s third district. This transition marks a significant shift for Dunn as he enters the political arena, bringing with him the experiences and insights gained from his heroic actions. With his sights set on serving his community in a different capacity, Dunn’s candidacy holds the promise of a continued commitment to upholding democratic values and fighting for the betterment of his constituents.
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Harry Dunn Announces Candidacy for Congress
In a momentous turn of events, Harry Dunn, a former U.S. Capitol Police officer, has made a groundbreaking decision to run for Congress in Maryland’s third district. This announcement comes as a remarkable development, considering Mr. Dunn’s notable acts of heroism during the infamous Capitol attack on January 6, 2021. With this bold move, he seeks to shift his career trajectory from law enforcement to the realm of politics. This decision not only showcases Mr. Dunn’s determination and commitment to public service but also highlights his desire to bring about meaningful change and contribute to the betterment of his community through political leadership.
A Heroic Defense of Democracy
Harry Dunn became widely recognized for his courageous actions in protecting the Capitol during the tumultuous insurrection of 2021. In a deeply sincere declaration, he conveyed the driving force behind his decision to pursue a career in politics: “On the 6th of January, 2021, I fulfilled my duty as both a police officer and a citizen of the United States by safeguarding our nation’s Capitol from the onslaught of violent insurrectionists. Today, I am embarking on a campaign for Congress because the very forces that instigated that violent attack continue to operate, and as a devoted American, it is my obligation to defend our democracy.”
A Competitive Primary Race
At 40 years old, Mr. Dunn faces a competitive Democratic primary field to replace Representative John Sarbanes, a retiring 17-year incumbent. The district, situated between Washington and Baltimore, has already seen five state lawmakers announce their campaigns. Despite the crowded field, the overwhelming Democratic support in the district suggests that the primary winner will be a strong contender in the general election.
A Pivotal Role in Investigating the Capitol Attack
Mr. Dunn, a Capitol Police officer for 15 years, played a pivotal role in the House committee’s first public hearing investigating the Capitol attack. He vividly described the brutality of the encounter, including racist slurs directed at him and his fellow officers. His emotional testimony garnered widespread attention and shed light on the intensity of the events that unfolded that fateful day.
Recognition and Accomplishments
In 2023, President Biden awarded Harry Dunn the Presidential Citizens Medal in recognition of his role in protecting the Capitol. The honor underscored the significance of Dunn’s contribution to safeguarding the democratic process.
Sharing His Experiences Through a Book
Having concluded his tenure as a police officer on December 17, 2023, Mr. Dunn, a native of Prince George’s County, Md., has penned a book titled “Standing My Ground.” The book is likely to provide insights into his experiences as a Capitol Police officer and the challenges faced during the Capitol attack.
Key Priorities if Elected
In an interview, Harry Dunn outlined key priorities if elected. His agenda includes advocating for women’s reproductive rights, supporting “common sense” gun reform, protecting voting rights, and ensuring affordable healthcare. Additionally, he emphasized his commitment to combating the right-wing movement loyal to former President Donald J. Trump.
Concerns About the Current Political Landscape
Expressing concern about the current political landscape, Mr. Dunn stated, “We’re literally an election away from the extinction of democracy as we know it. Trump is gaining even more traction, and his supporters are getting even stronger and more emboldened, and we need people that are willing to step up and fight back.”
Dedication to the District
Despite currently residing in Montgomery County in Washington’s suburbs, which is outside the Third Congressional District, Mr. Dunn affirmed his dedication to the district. While Maryland requires candidates to live in the state, there is no stipulation regarding residency within the specific district they seek to represent.