Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of profiles on the candidates running for D.C. mayor in 2014. Click here to read all the profiles.
Andy Shallal is best-known as the owner of the Busboys and Poets and Eatonville restaurants. Born in Iraq, his father was a diplomat and his family moved to the U.S. when Shallal was 10 years old. He has lived in Arlington or D.C. for the past 48 years.
A political newcomer, Shallal says he entered the race for mayor because he believes D.C. “has so much potential.” He has received celebrity endorsements from actor Danny Glover, TV producer George Pelecanos (“The Wire”) and Peter Yarrow (one-third of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary).
Shallal calls his first campaign for elected office the most inspiring thing he’s ever done.
“It’s restored my faith in people, it’s restored my faith in humanity and has given me more ammunition to say I want to make the city the best city there is,” he said.