Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series of profiles on the candidates running for D.C. mayor in 2014. Click here to read all the profiles.
Born in Panama, Carlos Allen spent most of his childhood in Georgia. At age 20, he moved to D.C. in 1990 to be close to his father, a veteran who was getting treatment at Walter Reed.
Allen has never held public office, though he did get nationwide attention in 2009 after the Secret Service said he crashed a state dinner at the White House. He denies that claim and says he had an invite and left on his own accord.
A property manager in Mount Pleasant, Allen is also an aspiring musician. He rapped on his own campaign song, “In DC,” a takeoff of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ 2009 hit “Empire State of Mind.”