A tale of two House candidates: Jan. 6 felon and Jan. 6 hero

A tale of two House candidates: Jan. 6 felon and Jan. 6 hero

Settle in for a tale of two candidates for Congress who were on opposite sides during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

Derrick Evans is an unapologetic “J6” felon who forced his way into the Capitol, while former Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn risked his life holding back the MAGA mob. And when the new Congress meets in January 2025 to certify the electoral vote count, they could be sitting on opposite sides of the aisle.  

Dunn retired after a 15-year career with the Capitol Police to enter a crowded Democratic primary field in Maryland’s heavily Democratic 3rd Congressional District. He’s running to fill the seat held by long-time Rep. John Sarbanes, who announced he would not seek reelection.

Evans, who received a three-month sentence on a felony civil disorder charge for his role in the failed insurrection, is mounting a primary challenge from the right to incumbent GOP Rep. Carol Miller in West Virginia’s deeply red 1st District, He describes Miller as “worse than a RINO” and an “undocumented Democrat” in a social media post, even though she endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year and objected to certification of some states’ Electoral College votes on that fateful day in January 2021. 

The Maryland and West Virginia primaries both take place on May 14.

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