Dan McCready (D-NC-09)

Dan McCready, a US Marine Corps veteran, is running for the U.S. House to represent the state of North Carolina in the 9thdistrict. He won the Democratic primary on May 8, and now he will face the Republican candidate, Mark Harris, in the November 6 general elections. Harris, the former senior partner of Charlotte’s First Baptist Church, defeated Republican incumbent Congressman Robert Pittenger by going to his right and running an anti-establishment campaign. Pittenger beat Harris by only 134 votes in 2016.


Background and Achievements

Dan McCready was raised in North Carolina and grew up going to the Charlotte public schools. After 9/11, McCready served in the Marine Corps in Iraq. Upon his return to the United States, he attended the Harvard Business School. Following his graduation, he began working at McKinley and Company before starting a business in Charlotte distributing materials for solar farms throughout North Carolina, eventually making the state #2 in solar capacity.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Advocates for high quality public school education
  • Supports affordable and accessible healthcare
  • Advocates for women’s rights
  • Supports LGBT rights
  • Advocates for the DREAM Act
  • Supports common sense gun laws

Prospects & Opponents

Dan McCready will face off against Mark Harris, a far right candidate. Harris is a strong supporter of gun rights, building a Mexico-U.S. border wall, and against same sex marriage. As head of the State Baptist Convention, he led the campaign for passage of a statewide ban against same-sex marriage. Mark Harris defeated the incumbent, Robert Pittenger, in the Republican primary elections. While rated as Lean Republican by the Cook Political Report, Dan McCready was added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue list and a July 2018 Civitas Institute poll shows McCready leading by seven points.


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