Christopher Doherty

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Christopher Doherty
29th Mayor of Scranton
In office
January 18, 2002 – January 6, 2014
Preceded by Jim Connors
Succeeded by Bill Courtright
Personal details
Born (1958-03-25) March 25, 1958 (age 60)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Donna Doherty
Residence Scranton, Pennsylvania
Alma mater College of the Holy Cross

Christopher Doherty is an American politician and former Mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania.[1]

Political career[edit]

First elected mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2001.

Mayor Doherty served as a speaker and panelist for the Brookings Institution American Assembly and Metropolitan Policy Program as well as the Comparative Urban Studies Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Doherty was elected to a third term in November 2009.[2]

He was elected President of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities (PLCM) in 2006.[3] In 2008, Doherty received the PLCM Distinguished Community Service Award, the Local Government Award for Excellence, and was inducted into the Keystone Society for Tourism.[4]

Doherty was recognized by the United States Conference of Mayors in 2008 for his efforts to protect the City’s tree canopy.[5] In addition, he serves as a member of the steering committee for the Mayor’s Innovation Project, a learning network of America’s mayors dedicated to efficient government. He supports a woman's right to abortion.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Doherty is a graduate of the Scranton Preparatory School and the College of the Holy Cross. He and his wife, Donna, have six children. His great-great grandfather, Hughie Jennings is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Political future[edit]

Doherty was a candidate in the 2010 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election until February 17, 2010, when he conceded and entered the race to succeed retiring Democratic State Senator (and Minority Leader) Bob Mellow in the 22nd District. Doherty lost in the primary, however, to John Blake. On January 7, 2013, the Scranton Times reported that Doherty would not seek re-election as Mayor of Scranton.[7]