Shawn Craig, left, with Rep. Marc Lombardo on June 25, 2014. Craig took the transparency pledge to push for an 8 Point Sunlight Legislative Plan when elected to create openness in the legislative process. Photo contributed
Shawn Craig, Republican candidate for State Representative and Iraq war veteran, announced that he has received the endorsements of Representatives Jim Lyons and Marc Lombardo.
“As a small business owner, I strongly believe that we need more people with a business background at the State House. Having run his own business and having honorably served our nation in the United States Marine Corps, I am proud to endorse Shawn Craig for State Representative,” said Rep. Lyons.
Lyons and Lombardo have been leaders on fiscal issues at the State House. They forced the Governor to admit how much taxpayers fund for health care for illegal immigrants.
Earlier this year they successfully led the fight to return Justina Pelletier to her family.
“I like that Shawn has taken bold stands on the issues. Shawn supports ending per diems and more transparency at the State House. He was on the right side of the second amendment issue and he was part of the effort to repeal automatic gas tax increases. Shawn has my full support for State Representative,” said Lombardo.
Craig has also been endorsed by Steve Aylward, Chairman of the ballot question 1 that repeals the gas tax being linked to inflation.
Craig is a member of the Upton Finance Committee and is the liaison to the Mendon Upton Regional School District. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Mendon-Upton Multi-Board Task Force. In addition, he is a member of the VFW and Upton Men’s Club.
Professionally, Craig has 16 years of private sector experience with the majority spent within the financial services industry. He worked for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) for 8.5 years where he investigated broker-dealers for compliance with federal securities laws and FINRA rules and regulations. This included both routine as well as special investigations involving the review and discovery of money laundering, fraud, embezzlement, insider trading and unsuitable investments. One investigation of which he was the team lead resulted in the discovery of fraud and misrepresentation at a firm located in Braintree, MA. Craig drafted a referral whereby the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission became engaged along with the FBI. The firm’s owner was detained October 2, 2012 and sentenced in April 2013 to 17 years in federal prison plus 3 years supervised probation and $9 million in restitution. Craig left FINRA in 2013 to start a consulting business focused on helping small broker-dealers.
Craig earned his B.A. from Roanoke College, where he double majored in International Relations and Business, and an M.S. in Finance from Suffolk University in Boston.