Doherty eyes return to commissioner's seat

Mike Doherty, one of Clallam County's longest-serving public officials, said last week he plans to run for re-election this fall as the 3rd District commissioner.

Doherty has served as county commissioner since 1998.

The third commissioner district extends from west Port Angeles to the Pacific Ocean, from the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north to Olympic National Park and Jefferson County to the south.

Doherty announced his intent to file for re-election in a press release.

"As county commissioner, I have had the special opportunity to work on a host of public issues and projects, and I have been honored to serve the residents of the 3rd District and Clallam County," Doherty said in the release. "My public service has been guided by the belief that progress occurs when leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."

Doherty said if re-elected he will work in local, state and federal forums for increased employment opportunities, workforce training programs, timber opportunities and renewable energy sources and technologies.

"And, as the Gulf oil spill has dramatically demonstrated, we must continue to support protection of our quality of life and the unique environment of the Olympic Peninsula," Doherty said.

Doherty graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1961 and has a Bachelor of Arts, master's degree in education and Juris Doctorate degrees from Gonzaga University. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years.

He and his wife, Paula, have three sons.

As a commissioner, Doherty has served as the county's liaison to a number of intergovernmental agencies and committees, including the Veterans' Affairs Committee, North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council, Forks Chamber of Commerce, Olympic Area Agency on Aging, Washington Oil Spill Advisory Council, Marine Resources committee and others.

Outside of government work, Doherty was a youth sports coach for more than 20 years and has volunteered with the Clallam County Heritage Advisory Board, Clallam County Historical Society, Friends of the Library, the Port Angeles School District board of directors and as a volunteer fireman with the Port Angeles Fire Department, among other groups.

The third commissioner district is home to more than 20,000 county residents.

Doherty has a Web site at

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