Kirsten Hughes represents Ward 5 on the Quincy City Council, the first woman elected to the position in the ward’s history. She is running for re-election to a fourth term.
Kirsten serves as City Council President, where she has taken a leadership role in pursuing priorities like responsible development, tax relief, and supporting our veterans.
Kirsten is a familiar face in the Quincy community, often found helping her friends at the Common Market Cafe, where she waitressed her way through college, and appearing in community theater productions.
Born to Edith and John Hughes and raised in Quincy, Kirsten attended St. Ann School in Wollaston and the Notre Dame Academy, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University and law degree from the New England School of Law.
Admitted to the Massachusetts bar, Kirsten worked in the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, assisting on prosecution of government integrity cases, and clerked at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. She currently applies her legal skills as a member of the Quincy Human Rights Commission, providing pro bono legal representation in civil and criminal cases.
In 2011 and 2012, she was honored to work for U.S. Senator Scott Brown, and she currently chairs the Massachusetts Republican Party, where she led the Party to unprecedented victories in 2014 and 2016, including retaking the Governor's office
Kirsten and her husband, Philip Doherty, are the proud parents of two boys, John and Benjamin.