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.”
In a recent interview with WNEW D.C. Bureau Chief Matt DelSignore, Allen outlined his positions on several issues.
Allen is concerned about what he perceives as unequal distribution of resources in D.C.’s public schools. He also has reservations about the way charter schools pick students for enrollment.
RFK AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Asked about his vision for the RFK Stadium site, Allen states that the federal government should turn it over to the District before transitioning into his plan to expand the availability of affordable housing.
DC UNITED STADIUM
Should “prime real estate” like the Reeves Center be swapped for land at Buzzard Point to build a new stadium for D.C. United? Allen ponders putting the property on the open market, instead.
FIRE AND POLICE
According to Allen, morale among the rank-and-file has “gone down the drain” under Fire and EMS Chief Ken Ellerbe. He offers more positive feedback about MPD Chief Cathy Lanier. Allen thinks all officers should have cameras in their badges recording everything that happens in order to “bring the truth to the courtroom.”
Allen has come in at the bottom of every poll so far. He generated the most headlines back in 2009, when the Secret Service says he crashed a state dinner at the White House. Allen maintains he was invited and left on his own. Despite difficulty gaining traction, Allen insists he’s a serious candidate: “I’m all about you and I’m here to help.”