Al Doty

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Al Doty
Former candidate for
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 1B
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives District 12B
ProfessionSenior Citizens' Advocate, Horizon Health, Incorporated
Campaign website
Al Doty (b. October 19, 1945) was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He represented District 12B from 2006 until his defeat in 2010. He ran for Minnesota State Senate in District 9 in 2012. Doty was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 9B of the Minnesota House of Representatives.[1]

Doty works as a Senior Citizens' Advocate with Horizon Health, Incorporated. He previously worked as a teacher and wrestling coach at Pierz Healy High School from 1968-1999.

Doty is a founding member of AmAlan Federation of Teachers Local 1923, Faith Community Church, Pierz Fish Lake Property Owners Association, and the Morrison County Hazardous Waste Committee. He is also a member of the Heartland Region Minnesota Senior Federation, Morrison County Council on Aging, National Rifle Association, Nature Conservancy, and the Rice Creek Sportsmen's Club.[2]

Doty is married and has 2 stepchildren.


Campaign themes


Doty's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Health care costs

  • Excerpt:"Health care costs are far too high, but putting off treatment until conditions are worse costs us all even more, so it’s critically important to have good health care coverage for all people."


  • Excerpt:"It’s the state’s job to adequately fund our schools, but it hasn’t been working equally well in all parts of the state. We need to update formulas to make sure rural Minnesota students have the same advantages as suburban students."


  • Excerpt:"Improved roads as a result of the gas tax have been a huge benefit to the area, but we are still barely able to keep up with needed maintenance."


  • Excerpt:"We need to combine environmental protection with economic reality. The state needs to continue incentives for private individuals and small businesses to develop and use those technologies, and I favor looking at sensible approaches to all energy options as we plan for our future."


  • Excerpt:"I choose to be pro-life and my 100% rating from MCCL every year in office speaks for itself."

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the house, Doty served on the following committees:



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Al Doty was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Ron Kresha was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kresha defeated Doty in the general election.[4][5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 9B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Kresha Incumbent 56.4% 8,449
     Democratic Al Doty 43.5% 6,518
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 8
Total Votes 14,975


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Doty ran for state Senate in District 9 in 2012. He was unopposed in the August 14 primary, and was defeated by 12th District incumbent Paul Gazelka (R) in the November 6 general election.[7]

Minnesota State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gazelka Incumbent 53.7% 20,527
     Democratic Al Doty 46.3% 17,687
Total Votes 38,214


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Doty ran for re-election to the District 12B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He was defeated by Mike Lemieur (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[8]


On November 4, 2008, Al Doty won election to the District 12B Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating Mike Lemieur. [9]

Al Doty raised $48,118 for his campaign.[10]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 12B (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Al Doty (DFL) 10,071 50.11%
Mike Lemieur (R) 9,995 49.73%
Write-In 33 0.16%

Campaign donors

Listed below are the four largest contributors to Al Doty's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $4,576
Crow Wing County Democrat-Farmer-Labor $1,750
8th Congressional District Democrat-Farmer-Labor $1,000
Morrison County Democrat-Farmer-Labor $1,000

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Preceded by
Minnesota State House District 12B
Succeeded by
Mike Lemieur (R)