A former police officer who defended the U.S. Capitol against rioters on Jan. 6 announced Friday that he is running for Congress in Maryland.
Harry Dunn announced his candidacy a day before the third anniversary of the violent attack at the Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump supporters that disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden.
“This moment that we are in requires everybody to step up and step into their role in defending and preserving democracy, and I’m stepping into mine right now,” Dunn said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Dunn said he has long been interested in public service, and the announcement in October by Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes, a Democrat, that he would not seek reelection provided the opportunity to run in what has become a crowded Democratic primary for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District, a heavily Democratic jurisdiction that stretches between Baltimore and the nation’s capital.
Dunn announced his candidacy early Friday morning on X, formerly known as Twitter, saying that Trump was “hell-bent on finishing what he started” three years ago.
“On January 6th, I defended our democracy from insurrectionists as a Capitol Police Officer. After, President Biden honored me with the Presidential Citizens Medal,” Dunn wrote. “Today, I’m running for Congress to stop Trump’s MAGA extremists & ensure it never happens again.”
Dunn said he has been thinking about Jan. 6 every day for the last three years, describing it as “a rollercoaster ride of emotions,” feelings that have included anger, sadness and even joy at seeing participants in the rioting convicted in court.