Called to Serve
Dan McCready is a Marine Corps veteran, business leader, husband, and father of three, with a fourth on the way. A graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools, Dan grew up riding the Cyclone rollercoaster at Carowinds and camping in the North Carolina foothills on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. He is a North Carolina Democrat running for Congress in the 9th District.
Dan first felt called to serve our country in the years after 9/11, which happened while he was a college freshman. Though Dan had planned to put his economics degree to work and follow his friends into business after graduation, he joined the Marines instead. Dan led 65 Marines during combat operations 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 struck out on his own and started a company in Charlotte that helped build dozens of solar farms throughout North Carolina and put hundreds of North Carolinians to work. Dan played a key role in helping North Carolina become 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 spending time with his three kids and his wife, Laura, a former children’s attorney. But today Dan feels the American Dream is under attack by Washington politicians who put themselves before the people they serve. They put their party before their country, special interests before working families, and posturing 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.