MoCo Resident and Former U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, Who Defended the Capitol, Announces Run For Congress

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Montgomery County resident and former U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn has announced that he will be running for Congress in Maryland’s 3rd District.

Maryland’s 3rd congressional district comprises all of Howard county as well as parts of Anne Arundel and Carroll counties. The seat is currently represented by John Sarbanes, a Democrat. Sarbanes announced in October that he would not seek reelection in 2024. Dunn is a resident of Wheaton in Montgomery County, but has stated he would move to the 3rd district if elected to Congress (not a requirement), per Maryland Matters.

Dunn was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal last January at the White House for his role in protecting the Capitol on January 6th, 2021. This morning he wrote the following on Twitter/X when announcing his campaign, “On January 6th, I defended our democracy from insurrectionists as a Capitol Police Officer. After, President Biden honored me with the Presidential Citizens Medal. Today, I’m running for Congress to stop Trump’s MAGA extremists & ensure it never happens again.”

More on Dunn, per his campaign website: “Harry Dunn was raised here in Maryland by a family that taught him the values of duty, honor, and community. That’s why he became a Capitol Police Officer for over 15 years. And that’s why on January 6, 2021, he defended our nation’s Capitol from a violent insurrection bent on destroying our Democracy. Because for Harry Dunn, doing the right thing is a way of life.

Harry Dunn joined the U.S. Capitol police in 2008. On January 6, 2021, he was one of the brave officers who protected the country as a mob of insurrectionists attacked the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the presidential election. Officer Dunn protected the country from the insurrection as he experienced physical attacks and racial epithets from those storming the Capitol building.

In 2021, Harry Dunn and three other law enforcement officers testified before the bipartisan January 6th Commission, where he shared his account of what he experienced that day. January 6th was a frightening wake up call for our democracy, and our democracy is still standing because Harry and his fellow officers stood their ground.”

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