TAUNTON – Carol Doherty isn’t taking anything for granted.

“It’s all hands on deck,” from now until the March 31 general special election, she said.

Doherty on Tuesday won the special-election Democratic primary for 3rd Bristol County district, which includes most of Taunton and one precinct in Easton.

She took a combined 82% of the vote and edged out her lone challenger Muzammil Nazir in his hometown of Easton.

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Doherty, a retired educator who continues to serve on the Taunton School Committee, has until the end of the month to reach out to voters to ensure a victory against Republican challenger Kelly Dooner of Taunton.

Dooner, who ran unopposed in the special-election primary, is an ally of Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell.

O’Connell vacated her 3rd Bristol state rep seat in 2019 after former mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. was offered and accepted the position of interim register of Bristol County Probate and Family Court.

Dooner says she and her supporters are also geared up to meet and greet as many voters as possible within the next three and a half weeks.

“We’ll be out there from sunrise to sundown,” an upbeat Dooner said.

She’s planning a fundraiser this Friday night at Taunton’s Lafayette Club that will feature Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson as guest speaker.

Dooner said she has O’Connell’s support and expects that the mayor will soon announce an endorsement for her campaign.

Doherty says she’s holding a fundraiser on March 16 at the Acadia Restaurant on Trescott Street.

Dooner and Doherty are diametrically opposed on nearly all major issues.

During a recent local cable TV interview, Dooner said she opposes any effort to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Doing so, she said, would amount to “essentially giving criminals a right to do something that citizens should be able to do.”

The Fall River-born Doherty strongly disagrees with that view.

A bill previously vetoed by Gov. Charlie Baker now pending on Beacon Hill, which has yet to go before the House and Senate, would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses.

Doherty has said she supports some version of the proposed Transportation Climate Initiative supported by Baker, which would curb greenhouse gas emissions by imposing permitting fees on fossil-fuel distributors.

Dooner says she opposes any initiative or bill that would result in higher taxes.

She vows that if elected she’ll follow the example set by O’Connell when it comes to holding the line on taxes and ensuring that recipients of EBT benefits don’t abuse the system.

Both candidates are in accord when it comes to their opposition to a House plan that would increase the state gas tax by five cents.

“I’ve said before that I think it would be a regressive tax,” Doherty said.

Dooner, who works as a paralegal for a Boston law firm, moved to Taunton just over two years ago. This is her first run for public office.

Doherty ran for the 3rd Bristol seat in 1988 and lost the Democratic primary to Marc Pacheco, who went on to serve two terms before becoming state senator of the First Plymouth and Bristol district, a position that he continues to hold.

In 1992, Doherty ran again and lost the Democratic primary by less than 100 votes to attorney James Fagan, who remained in office until he lost by 29 votes to O’Connell in November 2010.

Pacheco said Wednesday that he wholeheartedly supports Doherty.

"I endorsed her even before the primary," he said.