Christian Carter

Watch out, Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells, and Reta Lewis. There’s a fifth mayoral candidate in town: Christian Carter.

Who? Carter, a 30-year-old Ward 7 resident, runs a government staffing business in the District, and says he was inspired to run when he saw his firm losing out to rivals because of “cronyism.”

Carter likes Vince Gray‘s “One City” slogan, but isn’t as thrilled with the scandals that have plagued Gray’s administration. “That’s why we have to press the reset button with somebody who’s not caught up in the system,” says Carter, who bills himself as the “outside insider.”

Carter’s campaign faces some obvious disadvantages, including the fact that he has name recognition approaching zero.

Carter will look to change that Saturday, when he kicks off his campaign at 4:15 p.m. at Hill Center.

Photo courtesy Christian Carter