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Brendan Doherty

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Brendan Doherty
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Candidate for
Governor of Rhode Island
High schoolBishop Feehan High School
Bachelor'sRoger Williams University
Master'sAnna Maria College
Date of birth1959
Place of birthAttleboro, Massachusetts
ProfessionRetired police officer
Campaign website
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Brendan Doherty was a potential Republican candidate for Governor of Rhode Island in the 2014 elections.

Doherty was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island.[1]

Brendan Doherty for House campaign logo.

He lost to David Cicilline (D) on November 6, 2012.[2]


After earning his Master's degree, Doherty joined the Rhode Island State Police in 1980 as a uniform trooper. He served in that role for 24 years, rising to the rank of Major. From 2004 to 2007, Doherty served as Director of Public Safety at Roger Williams University. In 2007, he returned to the state police and worked as Colonel, Superintendent, and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, until 2011.[3]



Campaign themes

According to Brendan Doherty's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Healthcare reform; ."..we can move toward a future in which health care coverage is available, affordable, portable, and purchased through individual choice..."
  • Education; .".allow greater flexibility for states and municipalities to craft their own policies to boost achievement and create innovative reforms..."
  • Jobs and the Economy; ." tirelessly to ensure that government does not further burden our small businesses and instead enacts the policies necessary to promote a new era of prosperity in Rhode Island."[4]



See also: Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2014

Doherty considered running for election to the Governor of Rhode Island.[5] On May 17, 2013, however, Doherty announced that he would not be seeking any position in the 2014 election.[6]


See also: Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Doherty ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Rhode Island's 1st District. Doherty ran on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 27, 2012. Doherty won the Republican primary. Doherty was defeated by incumbent David Cicilline (D) on November 6, 2012.[7]

Rhode Island's 1st goes 65% Democratic, but incumbent David N. Cicilline (D) was considered vulnerable, according to the Washington Post. With Cicilline fighting the ghosts of his performance as Providence mayor, he faces a strong challenge in both the primary (from Anthony Gemma) and general election (from Doherty).[8]

U.S. House, Rhode Island District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Cicilline Incumbent 53% 108,612
     Republican Brendan Doherty 40.8% 83,737
     Independent David S. Vogel 6.1% 12,504
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 262
Total Votes 205,115
Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Democratic Primary for Congress
Poll David Cicilline Brendan DohertyNot SureRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
"Campaign 2012 Exclusive Poll" February 20-23
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1st Congressional District Race
Poll David Cicilline Brendan DohertyDavid S. VogelNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
"Campaign 2012 Exclusive Poll" September 26-29
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Campaign donors


Doherty was defeated by David Cicilline in 2012. During that election cycle, Doherty's campaign committee raised a total of $1,528,836 and spent $1,477,749.[9]

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