Current Position: Employed in housing-related fields
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
Source: Daily Progress
Allen, who lives in Rockingham County just outside Harrisonburg, according to online election documents, finished a distant third behind former U.S. Rep. Goodlatte, a Roanoke Republican, and Democratic candidate Sam Rasoul during the 2008 congressional contest. According to the Virginia Department of Elections, Goodlatte won re-election that year with 61.6% of the vote, with Rasoul winning 36.6% and Allen taking just 1.7% of the ballots cast.
In 2016, Allen, running as Janice Allen Boyd, challenged Republican Howard Morgan Griffith for the 9th District congressional seat, which represents much of Southwest Virginia, including Bristol and Martinsville, according to The Roanoke Times. Congressional candidates are not required by the U.S. Constitution to live in the district in which they run, only in the state.
During that race, she was described by The Times as being a “pro-life, pro-guns, pro-coal” candidate who supported the platform of then-presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Griffith easily defeated Allen and Democrat Derek Kitts, winning more than 68.5% of the vote.
Allen, who has been employed in housing-related fields, received an undergraduate degree in political science from Emory and Henry College and a master’s in urban planning from Virginia Tech.