Doherty eyes third term in Oregon House
Tigard State Rep. Margaret Doherty is going for round three.
Doherty who represents Tigard, Metzger and Southwest Portland in the Oregon House of Representatives recently announced her plan to seek a third term for her District 35 seat in November.
It is a privilege to represent our wonderful neighborhood in the Legislature, said Doherty, a longtime Tigard resident, in a statement.
Doherty has served in the House since 2009, when she was appointed after Larry Galizio stepped down to take over the helm of Clatsop Community College.
Earlier this year, Doherty, a Democrat, sponsored a bill that stops employers in the state from obtaining social media passwords from employees or forcing them to like or friend their bosses, so that they have access to otherwise private online information.
Doherty said her biggest accomplishment was passing the largest schools budget in state history.
I believe that high-quality education is not a luxury, its a necessity, Doherty said. I will keep fighting to strengthen our schools at every grade level and help Oregonians from all backgrounds find greater opportunities to study, train and update their skills to compete for good-paying jobs.
Doherty taught at Milwaukie High School for 10 years and worked with the state teachers union.
She currently runs a floral design business out of her home.
Doherty leads the Business and Labor Committee and serves on the House Transportation and Economic Development and Consumer Protection and General Government committees.
So far, no challengers have stepped up to face Doherty in the District 35 race. Doherty won her last two elections, defeating furniture store owner Gordon Fiddes in 2010 and former City Council and School Board candidate John Goodhouse in 2012.