The town recently acted to limit short-term rentals, voting to allow no house rentals shorter than 14 days. "I voted no -- I think 14 days is too long, seven days is more realistic." The town recently hired a part-time code enforcement worker and, Doherty said, "By hiring code-enforcement staff we can handle it and enforce the laws we have." It will be important to update the town's code going forward, she said. "Some things don't pertain anymore and I will work to change them. We need to do some forward thinking so we can share our space and not ruin it." Doherty said she tries to listen to all sides and use her experience with town government to help solve problems. "I'm a good avenue to explain how to get things done, and I try to treat everyone evenly and get the balance from there."
Doherty, 51, of New Suffolk, is also running on the Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. She is seeking her second term on the town council. She served 10 years on the town's board of trustees, which administers activity around the town's wetlands, and formerly was a clerk for the trustees for 12 years. She is vice president of the Mattituck Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She works as a bookkeeper and office manager. She has two children.