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Pat Harrigan, a Hickory resident, former Green Beret and local business owner, has filed to run for Congress in North Carolina’s 10th District.

Pat Harrigan

“God’s calling, my family and the desire to secure a prosperous future for our children have always guided my journey,” Harrigan, a Republican, said in his official campaign announcement.

“In Congress, I will have a laser focus on protecting our country, unleashing our economy, and restoring governmental integrity,” he added. “It’s long overdue that We The People are placed at the forefront of public service.”

Incumbent Patrick McHenry announced earlier this month that he would retire in 2024.

Five Republicans — Harrigan, Diana Jenkins, Charles Eller, Brooke McGowan and N.C. Rep. Grey Mills — will square off in the GOP primary on March 5, 2024.

In his campaign announcement, Harrigan said he had more than $1 million to invest in the campaign. He has hired Eduardo Andrade, McHenry’s former campaign manager.

Harrigan graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served two combat tours in Afghanistan, where he earned two Bronze Stars.

Harrigan and his wife own a firearm parts manufacturing company in Hickory. They have two daughters.

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