Good education, hard work, community service, empathy, and selflessness — these are the values to which Democrat Evan Shanley attributes his success in winning his race to the Rhode Island House of Representatives. A native of Warwick, Shanley says he reconciled a desire to do good for the community with a growing concern about the current direction of Warwick and Rhode Island. Shanley is optimistic about fixing the public school system, revitalizing the state’s economy, and eliminating corruption in state government.
Shanley attended Providence College, working his way through school by tutoring and selling sneakers. He decided to become a lawyer and later attended Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C.. On his website, Shanley calls on his path to education to help him advocate for “providing a high quality of public education for all Rhode Island children.” Shanley’s campaign also focused heavily on jobs, stating in a questionnaire for GoLocalProv that “Rhode Island lags behind other New England states in job creation, especially the good middle class jobs that our economy needs to thrive.” And restoring confidence in elected officials, Shanley says, is one of the most effective ways to support the economy. Shanley strongly supported Question 2, the Rhode Island Ethics Commission Amendment that gave the Commission the authority to “investigate alleged misconduct regarding legislative activities.” The amendment passed and Shanley won the District 24 seat with 54 percent of the vote, defeating Republican candidate Stacia Huyler this November in the general election.