Evandro Carvalho is one of the most passionate and experienced young leaders coming up in our community... He is experienced in the legal system, has an unmatched work ethic, and is committed to giving back to the community that gave so much to him. It is an honor for me to support Evandro in his campaign to be the State Representative for the 5th Suffolk District.- Wayne Budd, former U.S. Attorney and past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
Evandro C. Carvalho, born in Cape Verde, emigrated to Dorchester at the age of 15. His mother worked three jobs to support the family and he worked after school as a janitor and factory worker. Carvalho graduated at the top of his class at Madison Park High, got a college scholarship, and went to earn degrees from UMass Amherst and Howard University School of Law.
As an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting gun crimes, Carvalho saw the cycles of poverty and violence that put our young men and women in the system. He served on the board of Teen Empowerment and volunteered for the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance. He, his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, Eliana, live in their home in Fields Corner.
Carvalho first won a 5-person democratic primary in 2014 with almost 50 percent of the votes to become State Representative for the Fifth Suffolk District. He was sworn in on May 14th, 2014, joined by his family, friends, and supporters. He is the Chair of the Boston Delegation and a member of the committees on the Judiciary, Transportation, Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, and Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
I believe we need to bet on ourselves to succeed. In my experience that means we each need the Belief you are worthy, the Effort to succeed, and a Team to support you. Will you BET on yourself?
From an early age, I believed I could overcome challenges and make my parents proud. This belief drove me to try my best when the odds were slim. My belief lead me to learn English in High School, apply to Howard Law School, and run for public office.
I have always relied on a strong work ethic as my 'secret-sauce' to success. This was a lesson I learned on my grandfather's farm in Cape Verde. Since then, I have always tried to be the best student, lawyer, and father I can be.
Throughout the challenges in life, I relied on the people around me for support. Family, friends, mentors, and colleagues helped me stay resilient and focused.