February 12th, 2018 – Supporters gather at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections as the first day of election filings begins the new campaign season.
February 12th, 2018 – North Carolina candidates began filing Monday to run for Congress, the state legislature, district attorney and county positions. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections was packed with candidates and their supporters before the start of filing at noon.
The filing period ends February 28. Among candidates who filed was Dan McCready. He’s an Iraq War veteran and Charlotte businessman who wants to unseat three-term, 9th District Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger. McCready already has raised more than $1 million.
The 34-year-old Democrat filed his paperwork surrounded by family and some heavy-hitter supporters, including former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt.
February 12th, 2018 – “We didn’t care who your parents were, we didn’t care about the color of your skin and, I promise you, the last thing we cared about was whether you were Republican or Democrat,” McCready said. “That’s because we’re all on the same team. We all wore the same color uniform.”
Feb 1st, 2018 – In one of three North Carolina congressional districts Democrats hope to flip, Democrat Dan McCready began the year with three times as much campaign money as incumbent Republican Robert Pittenger.
New reports show McCready has raised $1.2 million in his bid to become the first Democrat to represent the 9th District in 65 years.
Pittenger, meanwhile, substantially outraised GOP challenger Mark Harris but has a narrower edge in available campaign money.
Nationally Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to take control of the U.S. House.
McCready, a business owner and former Marine who served in Iraq, raised $350,000 in the last quarter of 2017. That includes $63,500 from political action committees representing mainly party groups. Another $242,000 came through Act Blue, a Democratic clearinghouse.
He knows the district has not elected a Democrat for decades.
“My message is country over party,” McCready said in an interview Thursday. “What I’m finding is North Carolinians are ready for that. People are not Republicans or Democrats first. They’re Americans first.”
RICHMOND OBSERVER – Democrat Candidate Dan McCready Running for 9th Congressional District; No Stranger to Leadership or Battles
Dan McCready was a freshman in college when he watched with horror as the planes slammed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
As he approached graduation, the country was engaged in two wars. And that is when McCready realized he wanted to be proactive.
“I wanted to do my part,” McCready said in an exclusive interview with the Richmond Observer. “This was the first time I felt a calling to serve our country”.
His plans after graduation initially included using his economics degree and going into business. But instead, the Eagle Scout joined the United States Marine Corps.
“Other than marrying my wife, the biggest honor I’ve had in my life was leading a platoon of 65 Marines in Iraq during the surge of 2007-2008,” McCready said.
They say Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on anything.
But it seems we have found the one thing that career politicians can agree on: protecting their political allies who use their power to prey on and harass others. That’s a new low, even for Congress.
Time and time again in this rotten era of American politics, we’ve seen Republicans and Democrats violate the values they ran on while clutching onto political power. On one side of the aisle, many Republicans have danced around the deeply disturbing accusations against Donald Trump or, more recently, Roy Moore, who is running for the Senate in Alabama.
Campaign officials for a Democratic candidate for Congress said they have raised record amounts of money in the 9th District.
Charlotte businessman Dan McCready, has raised more than $1-million on year from the 2018 election.
McCready is a Democratic candidate in the 9th District. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C.
Dan McCready, running in North Carolina’s Ninth District, said he was recently asked on the campaign trail how he would avoid becoming “part of the problem” in Washington.
“I told him I didn’t care what Paul Ryan or Nancy Pelosi had to say, I just wanted to fight for people for my district,” McCready said during an interview with ABC News and pivoting on a follow-up question about whether Pelosi should stay leader of the House Democrats next year.
This Veterans Day, we join together to honor our veterans and the many sacrifices made to keep our country free. But even on this day of national unity, if you turn on the TV, you’ll see an America torn apart by political parties and protests. This Veterans Day, it seems, we’re impossibly divided. But a new generation of veterans can heal our broken politics.
I got my education in the Marine Corps, where I led a platoon of 65 Marines in Iraq. It’s where I learned that, no matter your background, we all wear the same color uniform. It’s where I learned that leaders eat last, after their men, and that no one gets left behind. It’s where I found the spirit of common purpose that makes our country great. So when the pundits say we have nothing in common with the other side, I don’t buy it.
If Pittenger wins the primary, he could face Democrat Dan McCready, a former Marine from Charlotte who raised $416,000 in the third quarter, bringing his campaign total to $875,000. He’s one of three candidates running in the Democratic primary.
Just four years ago Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger cruised to re-election unopposed to win what appeared to be as safe a congressional seat as any in North Carolina.
Now the third-term Republican finds himself facing a well-financed Democrat as well as a Republican opponent whom he edged two years ago by just 134 votes.
Democrat Dan McCready reported Friday that he raised $450,000 since announcing his campaign less than two months ago. At the end of June he had $410,000 in cash on hand – three times as much as Pittenger.
With Mr. Trump’s approval ratings hovering around record lows for this point in a presidency, formidable candidates are lining up even in Republican strongholds. One of those is a southern chunk of North Carolina where Dan McCready, a Marine Corps veteran and businessman, hopes to be the first Democrat to win since the 1960s.
The road through North Carolina doesn’t look easy for House Democrats, but the party is targeting four seats (all of which President Donald Trump won by at least 9 points) in their effort to expand the 2018 battlefield.
Democrats have talked up their efforts to land veterans and businesspeople in red districts this year. Now they’re getting a candidate that checks both of those boxes in North Carolina’s 9th District.
Solar energy financier and Marine veteran Dan McCready is announcing his candidacy against three-term Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger Wednesday morning.