Stepping out of the shadows of Harry Dunn, a former U.S. Capitol Police officer who gained recognition for his courageous defense of democracy during the notorious Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, has now ventured into the realm of politics. With the echoes of a tumultuous past still reverberating in the corridors of power, Dunn has set his sights on a new mission - vying for a seat in Congress representing Maryland's third district. As the dust settles on his illustrious law enforcement career, Dunn is determined to continue his fight for justice and uphold the principles he valiantly defended on that fateful day.
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Harry Dunn Announces Candidacy for Congress
Harry Dunn, a former U.S. Capitol Police officer, has made a significant announcement by declaring his candidacy for Congress in Maryland's third district. Dunn gained national recognition for his heroic actions during the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, and now aims to transition from law enforcement to politics. In a heartfelt statement, Dunn expressed his motivation for entering politics, citing the ongoing presence of the forces that led to the violent attack on the Capitol. He emphasized his duty as an American to defend democracy and protect the nation. However, Dunn faces a competitive Democratic primary field as he seeks to replace Representative John Sarbanes, a retiring 17-year incumbent. The district, located between Washington and Baltimore, has already attracted five state lawmakers who have announced their campaigns. Despite the crowded field, the overwhelming Democratic support in the district suggests that the primary winner will have a strong chance in the general election.
From Officer to Witness: Dunn's Testimony
Mr. Dunn, a dedicated Capitol Police officer with 15 years of service, played a crucial and pivotal role in the House committee's inaugural public hearing, which aimed to investigate the harrowing attack on the Capitol. During his testimony, Mr. Dunn provided a vivid and heart-wrenching account of the brutality he and his fellow officers endured, including the distressing experience of being subjected to racist slurs. His emotional and impactful testimony resonated deeply with the public, shedding light on the sheer intensity and gravity of the events that unfolded on that fateful day. In recognition of his unwavering courage and commitment to protecting the Capitol, President Biden bestowed upon Harry Dunn the esteemed Presidential Citizens Medal in 2023. This prestigious honor serves as a powerful testament to the significance of Mr. Dunn's invaluable contribution in safeguarding the democratic process and upholding the principles upon which our nation stands.
Sharing His Story: "Standing My Ground"
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.
The Threat to Democracy
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.”
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.