Carol Doherty, a four-term Taunton School Committee member, is running for the 3rd Bristol House of Representatives seat serving parts of Taunton and Easton.
She is running to represent the hopes and aspirations of working families in Taunton and Easton. She believes an important thing a leader can do is give voice to people’s concerns and beliefs. She wants to bring a strong voice to the State House to advocate for families in her community. Doherty believes the residents of the 3rd Bristol district deserve a community that provides them with affordable housing and health care, a quality education, and good jobs. She believes her experience as an educator, teachers’ union leader, and School Committee member, combined with her track record of collaborating with local, state, and federal officials, will help her to effectively address these issues and the many other challenges families face every day.
The Taunton Democrat was recently elected to a fifth term on the Taunton School Committee, capturing first place with 5,109 votes.
Doherty is the daughter of an immigrant family. Her mother came to America at the age of four from the island of Madeira and her father’s family came from Cape Verde. She has lived in Taunton since 1965.
Her career and community service have focused primarily on education, including teaching at the Bennett Elementary School in Taunton and later serving as a guidance counselor. Respected by her peers across the state, she was elected President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, serving in that position for two consecutive terms. She was later appointed Director of Professional Development in the School of Education at Northeastern University where she remained for 18 years. In that position at Northeastern she was responsible for connecting University resources and expertise to local school districts to help them provide quality professional development to teachers and administrators.