Daniel Kent McCready
July 18, 1983
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Education||Duke University (BA)|
Harvard University (MBA)
|Branch/service||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||2005–2009|
Daniel Kent McCready (born July 18, 1983) is an American entrepreneur and politician from Charlotte, North Carolina. He served in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of captain. He was the Democratic Party nominee for the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina's 9th congressional district.
Early life and education[edit | edit source]
McCready is from Charlotte, North Carolina and was educated in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University in 2005. He served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and 2008, where he led two platoons. Following his military service, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Career[edit | edit source]
After earning his MBA in 2011, McCready worked for a year as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. He left the company in 2013 to cofound Double Time Capital, a solar-focussed clean energy fund, with partner Rye Barcott.  
In 2014, he founded This Land, an online store for American crafts that highlighted the work of skilled craftspeople from economically depressed areas who otherwise not have the means to market their products to broad audiences.  In 2017, McCready announced that he would be closing the site in order to focus on his Campaign for US House of Representatives. 
2018 Campaign for US House of Representatives[edit | edit source]
In May 2017, McCready announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives in North Carolina's 9th congressional district. On May 8, 2018, McCready easily won the Democratic Party primary election, while former pastor Mark Harris, unseated incumbent representative Robert Pittenger in the Republican Primary. The New York Times described the race between Harris and McCready as a "top-tier contest". A CBS News story calls the race "one of the most competitive". On election day, unofficial vote tallies showed Harris defeating McCready by 905 votes, but on November 27, 2018, the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Reform declined to certify the election results, citing voting irregularities involving absentee ballots. The irregularities became the subject of a criminal investigation.
The Associated Press subsequently retracted calling the race, pending the ultimate decision of the state board of elections. On November 30, the election board of the district decided to hear evidence about “claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities” at a meeting to be held by December 21, which was subsequently delayed to January 10, 2019, after the new congress is scheduled to be seated. A finding of fraud could result in a new election. McCready withdrew his earlier submitted electional concession on December 6. Harris agreed for a new election to be held if allegations of election fraud could be proven by the election board to have possibly affected the contest’s outcome.
If the election board rules a special election needs to be held for the uncalled congressional seat, then a newly passed law by the North Carolina state legislature requires such a do-over also includes the holding of new preceding primaries for the parties.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- "A Democrat who talks like a Republican could steal a major NC race from the GOP". mcclatchydc. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
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- "Paving the Way for Veterans to Serve in Congress - Alumni - Harvard Business School". www.alumni.hbs.edu. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
- "Renounce Nancy Pelosi, Ignore Donald Trump — and Win?". The New York Times. May 12, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
- Mildenberg, David (March 30, 2018). "Solar investing, war experience spur McCready's political career". Business North Carolina. Business North Carolina. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
- QUITTNER, JEREMY. "These Marines Beat the Odds to Build a Solar Energy Fund". Fortune. Time Inc.
- "Company Overview of Double Time Capital, LLC". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
- Bonvissuto, Dominic (July 2, 2014). "A Marine Still Fighting". Jeans & Ties. The OHearn Group. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
- O'Daniel, Adam (July 2, 2014). "Made in the USA: Charlotte-based ThisLand.com celebrates American craftsmen". Charlotte Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
- McCready, Dan. "Dear This Land Community".
- Pathé, Simone (May 24, 2017). "Pittenger Draws Democratic Challenger in North Carolina". Roll Call. FiscalNote. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
- "Dan McCready on winning Democratic Primary". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
- Morrill, Jim (May 8, 2018). "Challenger Mark Harris stuns U.S. Rep. Pittenger of NC in GOP primary upset". Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, N.C. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
- "We polled voters in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District". The New york Times. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
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- Morrill, Jim (November 29, 2018). "'Tangled web' in Bladen County has questions swirling about votes in the 9th District". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
- Gardner, Amy; Ross, Kirk (November 29, 2018). "Certification in limbo in N.C. House race as fraud investigation continues". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
- Durkin, Erin (December 5, 2018). "North Carolina election still undecided amid absentee ballot fraud inquiry". The Guardian – via www.theguardian.com.
- "The Latest: AP Retracts call in North Carolina Congress race". AP. November 30, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
- SPECHT, PAUL; MURPHY, BRIAN. "NC elections board delays hearing on 9th Congressional District irregularities". The News & Observer. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
- Bock Clark, Doug (December 2, 2018). "Allegations of G.O.P. Election Fraud Shake North Carolina's Ninth District". The New Yorker. New York. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
- "North Carolina: Democrat withdraws concession in congressional race". Associated Press. The Guardian. December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
- Bump, Philip (December 10, 2018). "Why fraud allegations throw the results in North Carolina's 9th District into doubt". The Washington Post. Washington D.C. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- Williams, Timothy (December 12, 2018). "North Carolina Legislature Calls for New Primary if New Election Is Held in Disputed District". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
- Bruno, Joe (December 13, 2018). "Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary for 9th District". WSOC-TV. Charlotte, N.C. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
- Harrison, Steve (December 13, 2018). "Latest On 9th Congressional District Fraud Allegations". WFAE 90.7 Charlotte's NPR News Source. Charlotte, N.C. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
- "Daniel McCready's Biography". Vote Smart.
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