Shannon Chandley child photo sitting on stairs

Meet Shannon Chandley

Old firefighter helmet

I grew up in a loving family in a tight-knit working class neighborhood. My father was a Providence, RI firefighter. My mother worked in school food service, providing for some of the city’s neediest children. It was by their example of faith, compassion and integrity that I learned the value of public service, the constancy of family and the strength of community. Even today, I am moved by those memories.

Regrettably, I feel that we have lost something very important. The civility, neighborliness, and bipartisanship that dominated public service at one time has given way to rancor and divisiveness. I’m not suggesting candidates and elected officials cannot disagree. I am saying that compromise, once a noble pursuit, has become synonymous with weakness and traitorousness. I disagree and will dedicate myself to a new but old path… a path that brings us together rather than driving us further apart.

Prior to her election to the state senate in 2018, Shannon served three terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where she was the chair of the Committee on Resources, Recreation and Development. She was also the ranking Democrat on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety committees.

In addition to her state senate responsibilities, Shannon is an active member of the Amherst Junior Women’s Club, the Souhegan Valley Quilters Guild and the Villagers Chapter of Questers.

Shannon is a former director on the board of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a past member of the Amherst Town Ways and Means Committee, the Amherst PTA and the board of directors of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. She is the former chair and past member of the SHARE Outreach, Inc. board of directors, as well as a member of the University of Rhode Island College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.