Ilario Pantano has lived in New Hanover County for eight years. Pantano and his wife Jill, and their two sons live in the Ogden neighborhood.
A Republican, Pantano is running for the N.C. 7th District U.S. House seat, the same seat he ran for in 2010. The race between incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre and Pantano became one of the most-talked-about races in North Carolina. Pantano gave McIntyre his toughest re-election contest in seven tries. McIntyre won with 54 percent of the votes, but Pantano garnered nearly 100,000 votes.
Pantano earned a scholarship to one of New York’s most prestigious private schools. After serving in the Marine Corps, he returned to New York and got an economics degree from New York University. Pantano is a two-time Marine combat veteran. He and members of his platoon arrived in Iraq from Camp Lejeune in March 2004. While investigating a suspected insurgent lair with his platoon on April 15, Pantano shot two Iraqis he said made threatening moves toward him. Up to 50 rounds were fired at the men. After they were dead, he left a hand-written sign on cardboard that said, “No better friend, no worse enemy.”
Pantano works for a financial planning firm in Wilmington.
Date posted: November 12, 2011
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