Meet Charles Allen
Charles Allen, his wife Jordi Hutchinson, and their children, Cora Neal and Everett, live at 5th and G Streets, NE, with their dog, Olive. For more than a decade, Charles has worked in Ward 6 neighborhoods, helping improve our public schools, working with small businesses, and building our community. His years of public service to Ward 6 means he knows and understands neighborhood issues in every part of the Ward like no one else.
His first bill in office was Books From Birth, the beloved program that sends a free book every month to District children from birth until the age of five. The program, in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, has sent more than one million books to kids across the District.
Since that first bill, he’s reshaped Ward 6 neighborhood schools, securing more than $600 million to overhaul DCPS schools while working to better fund classrooms, including ensuring funds meant for at-risk students actually get to their classrooms rather than central office. His Vision Zero law, passed in 2020, will force long-sought improvements to make streets safe for pedestrians, bicycles, bus riders, and drivers.
He helped transform DC’s local elections, introducing and guiding bills through the Council to set up Automatic Voter Registration, modernize the Board of Elections, and help create the Fair Elections Program, which he is proud to participate in as a candidate now.
Charles serves as chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, where his focus is on making the District safer and more just for all residents. In his time as Chair, he has led the Council’s efforts to strengthen the District’s laws around criminal justice, taken important steps to create meaningful rehabilitation and reentry into the community, and expanded services for victims and survivors of crime and trafficking.
Charles was elected Ward 6 Councilmember during the 2014 election cycle and was sworn in on January 2, 2015. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2018.