Shaun Dougherty is businessman, veteran, survivor, and activist. Born and raised in Johnstown, the 8th of 9 children. He is a 1988 graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School. After high school, Shaun attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. In 1991, feeling the need to serve his country, he enlisted in the Navy. After leaving the Navy, Shaun joined his brothers and sisters in opening a local establishment, Dougherty’s Terra’tory. He then branched out on his own, having multiple restaurants over the past 15 years.
In 2016, Shaun came forward as a survivor of abuse in the investigation into the Johnstown-Altoona Diocese. He has fought tirelessly to bring justice, and has shown great courage and dedication to reforming the current laws to better protect victims. Taking his fight to Harrisburg and the Vatican has inspired Shaun to serve again.
Shaun and Dr. D’Arcy Duke, his wife of nearly 16 years, reside in Johnstown, PA. Shaun Dougherty is currently running for PA 35th State Senate District, covering Bedford, Cambria, and parts of Clearfield Counties.