Karl is the only candidate in the election that was born, raised, educated and a business owner in Senate District 7. His heart, mind, body, and soul is a product of the District 7.
Karl grew up in District 7 and learned the value of hard work and education early. His father instilled the value of an education in his early years but wanted him to know the value of hard work as well. Working on his grandparent’s farm in Moonville driving dump trucks and tractors instilled a strong work ethic within him. Watermelons, sweet potatoes and more were stables in his formative years along with spreading crushed stone and rock.
In his 8th grade year, He started seeing the social and racial injustices that were occurring before his very eyes. While in the 8th grade he began to observe that people were being mistreated for their illiteracy. The educated were taking advantage of them and he saw constitutional rights being violated and was determined to do something about it. This was the beginning of what is now in excess of 30+ years of being a voice for the voiceless and being a champion for children and senior citizens.
He cut grass, worked hard shoveling crushing rock and gravel to put himself through school. He knew deep inside that he needed to be a voice for those who couldn’t speak up. His Grandmother’s quilt kept calling through the years. Regardless of shape, size and color people needed a voice, and advocate.
Upon his graduation from law school at the South Carolina University School of Law he entered private practice focusing on representing the marginalized. He was practicing law when a civil rights icon, Dr. McMahand in Moonville called him and said he was retiring from the state legislature and the people wanted Karl to succeed him. He told Karl, “the people know you, they know your family and they want you to succeed me.” Dr. McMahand’s wife finally told Karl, “Look here Karl, don’t you tell him to stay down there in Columbia I want him home with me!”
Karl was campaigning door to door and came upon the late Rev. A.B. Sherman whom he knew since birth. He was polishing his shoes and Karl asked for his support in the election. Rev. Sherman had a KFC two wing meal in front of him and Karl asked, “Reverend I want your support in this election let me have one of those.” The esteemed elder replied, “Allen, I don’t have much, but what I do have I’ll share with you. And Allen, quit talking about ‘IF’ you’re elected because we all know you and we know your family and we want you to represent us in Columbia. Stop saying ‘IF’ and start saying ‘When you are elected’.”
It was this blessing of elders that propelled Karl Allen into office. He realized, “People in their golden years needed a voice for Medicaid funding, utility payments versus medicine, feeble, good people…constituents I wanted to represent. Senior citizens have been a major driving force for me because of the quilt of my grandmother instilled in me the equity of all people.”