In a testament to the resilience and commitment of those who defended the U.S. Capitol against insurrectionists just three years ago, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn has announced his candidacy to represent Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Dunn, who played a pivotal role in safeguarding the Capitol during the MAGA insurrection, now seeks to bring his dedication to public service to the legislative arena.
A Defiant Stand Against Insurrection: Harry Dunn rose to national prominence as one of the courageous Capitol Police officers who faced the violent mob on January 6, 2021. In the face of unprecedented chaos and danger, Dunn exemplified unwavering courage, embodying the commitment to protect democracy and uphold the rule of law.
Testimony before the January 6th Committee: Dunn’s testimony before the January 6th Committee provided a firsthand account of the harrowing events that unfolded that fateful day. His words resonated not only as a narrative of personal experience but as a call to action to safeguard the principles that underpin the nation. Dunn’s testimony became a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by those tasked with defending the Capitol and the values it represents.
From Capitol Defender to Congressional Candidate: Now, Harry Dunn steps onto a different battlefield – the political arena. His decision to run for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District reflects a continuation of his commitment to public service. Dunn’s unique perspective, forged in the crucible of January 6th, positions him as a candidate who has witnessed the consequences of political extremism firsthand and is determined to address its root causes.
Advocating for Democracy and Unity: Dunn’s campaign is expected to center on a platform that emphasizes the protection of democratic institutions, unity, and justice. His experience as a Capitol Police officer, facing down an insurrection aimed at disrupting the democratic process, provides him with a profound understanding of the importance of defending the nation’s core values.
Community Engagement and Grassroots Support: As Dunn embarks on his political journey, community engagement and grassroots support are likely to be key components of his campaign strategy. The very qualities that made him a respected figure among his fellow officers – courage, integrity, and a commitment to justice – are likely to resonate with voters who value principled leadership.
A Symbol of Resilience: Harry Dunn’s candidacy symbolizes the resilience of those who stood firm in the face of an unprecedented attack on democracy. As he transitions from Capitol defender to Congressional candidate, Dunn carries with him the weight of the nation’s collective memory of January 6th, offering a unique perspective on the importance of safeguarding the democratic principles that define the United States.
A New Chapter in Service: Harry Dunn’s decision to run for Congress marks a new chapter in his commitment to public service. From defending the U.S. Capitol against insurrectionists to seeking a seat in the U.S. House, Dunn’s journey reflects a steadfast dedication to the ideals that define the nation. As he navigates the political landscape, his candidacy will undoubtedly draw attention not only to his personal story but to the broader imperative of preserving and strengthening American democracy.
Here is his message and announcement:
It’s Harry Dunn here, one of the Capitol police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol against MAGA insurrectionists just three years ago and testified in front of the January 6th Committee.
I’ve got an important announcement: I’m hoping to make my return to DC – but not as a Capitol police officer. I’m officially running to serve Maryland’s 3rd Congressional district in the U.S. House.
Here’s the thing , I never thought I would run for office. Growing up, I wanted to be just like my dad, who was an athlete and a U.S. Air Force Veteran. I played football and earned an athletic scholarship that sent me to college. (I was pretty good, but being 6-foot-7 sure didn’t hurt!)
But wearing a football uniform taught me something special: it gave me purpose and made me feel a part of something bigger than myself.
So when I put on my Capitol police uniform for the first time over 15 years ago to protect our nation’s Capitol, it felt right.
But I never thought I’d see the day that our democracy would be attacked by Donald Trump and an army of insurrectionists that HE directed to the Capitol.
I couldn’t have been any closer to the chaos of January 6. I put my life on the line during the violence and destruction that Trump encouraged. So trust and believe when I tell you: we cannot allow our democracy to be in the hands of these MAGA-extremists.
I fought for our democracy and our Capitol once as Officer Dunn, and I’ll do it again as Congressman Dunn.
Let’s do it,