NC-09: Dan McCready (D)
Dan first felt called to serve our country in the years after 9/11, which happened while he was in college. Dan felt he had been given a lot and wanted to give something back, so he joined the Marines. Dan led 65 Marines in the 2007 Iraq surge. While in Iraq, his fellow service members helped him find his Christian faith, and Dan was baptized in water from the Euphrates river. He went on to be honorably discharged as a Captain.
Dan found his next mission in clean American energy. After graduating from Harvard Business School and working at McKinsey & Company, he started a company in Charlotte with another Marine that helped build dozens of solar farms throughout North Carolina and helped put hundreds of North Carolinians to work. Dan played a key role in North Carolina becoming number two in the country for solar energy capacity, and today North Carolina supports over 30,000 clean energy jobs. Witnessing the loss of mom-and-pop shops to big box stores, Dan was also inspired to promote the craftsmen who still make things here in the United States. He pursued a passion project called This Land, a retail website that sells handmade American goods.
Today, Dan once again finds himself called to serve. Dan was more than happy to keep building his business and to spend time with his four kids and his wife, Laura, a former children’s attorney. But today Dan feels the American Dream is under threat by Washington politicians who put party before country, special interests before working families, and divisiveness before solutions. Dan believes every family that works hard should be able to build a better life for their children. He’s volunteering to fight once again — this time against a broken Washington for the families of the Ninth District.
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