Executive Committee

We are proud to have such a great team for our 2016-2018 Executive Committee 



Arlene Quinones Perez - Chairwoman, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee   (arleneqperez@gmail.com)

Arlene Quiñones Perez is a Partner with DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP. She joined the firm in March 2015. Prior to joining the DeCotiis law firm, Arlene served as General Counsel to the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters ("NRCC"), a skilled trade organization representing carpenters in New Jersey and New York State. Additionally, Arlene was an Associate with Kroll Heineman Carton, LLC, where she focused on labor law, securities fraud, election law and municipal law; and from 2011-2012, served as a Judicial Term Law Clerk for U.S. District Judge the Honorable Michael A. Shipp.

Arlene's extensive government and political experience includes her service as a Councilwoman in the Town of Clinton, New Jersey (where she was the youngest member of the municipality's governing body and the only Hispanic woman to serve as an elected official in Hunterdon County), a member of the Town of Clinton's Board of Adjustment and working as an aide to the Governor and Attorney General of New Jersey.
Arlene is the Vice President of the Northern Region for the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.  She previously served as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Judiciary and the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey.  She was recently featured in the Hispanic Executive Magazine, listed by PoliticsNJ on the 40 Under 40 Power List, as one of New Jersey's top 50 rising stars, and featured in the Star-Ledger as a Person of Interest.  In 2009, Arlene received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award.  While in law school, she completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Jose L. Linares, a United States District Judge.  After graduating, she served as a Law Clerk in the Appellate Division of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and a Judicial Term Law Clerk to the Honorable Lisa P. Thornton in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Arlene has also served as an adjunct Professor at New Jersey City University.

Arlene and her husband, Jose, have three children: Jaden, Akayla, and Lia. 



Alan Harwick - Vice Chair, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee   (alan@harwicklaw.com)

Alan moved from Somerset County to Hunterdon in 2013. Alan’s experience, leadership skills, education and passion for the community led him to immerse himself in serving the public and community.  Alan began serving as HCDC Vice Chair in 2014. As a Somerset County resident Alan served terms as both President and Vice President of the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Board of Education.

As a resident of Readington Township, Alan serves as Vice Chair on both the Historic Preservation Commission and on the Board of Adjustment and is a Member at Large on the Planning Board.

Alan is an attorney who works with insurance companies’ legal departments Worker’s Compensation units. Alan has served on the Executive Committee of the NJ State Bar Association Worker’s Compensation Unit.  His legal duties also included serving as the Municipal Attorney in Manville for the Board of Health and Redevelopment.



Helen Dowkontt-Richard - Secretary, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee   (helenrichard.hcdc@gmail.com)  

Helen has served as Secretary on the HCDC Executive Board since 2015.  After 30 years of teaching Spanish & French Helen retired in 2007 allowing her free time to become active in local politics. She volunteered to phone bank in the 2008 Elections and by 2010 was elected HCDC County Committee member to represent her voting district in Raritan Township.

An educator & lifelong learner, Helen uses her teaching skills & willingness to learn to help realize the goals of the Democratic Party.

Helen and her husband Rob have resided in the Flemington area since 1981 and have raised their two daughters here. She is also very proud of her immigrant past, having arrived in the U.S. at age 10. Her life experiences give her a unique appreciation for the American way of life and the importance of preserving it.



Eric Richard - Treasurer, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee   (eerichard_ado@yahoo.com)

Eric Richard is the newest member of the executive team, joining us in 2018. Eric currently serves at the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee Treasurer. He previously served in this role from 2004-2011. Eric is also a County Committee representative for District 1 in West Amwell.

From 2010 – 2015 Eric served   as the Chairman of the bi-state Municipal Utilities Authority serving Lambertville, Stockton and New Hope, PA. He also served on the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation from 2005 – 2011. From 2004 – 2010, Mr. Richard was a Lecturer at Rutgers University teaching an undergraduate course in politics.

Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Seton Hall University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University.  In 2015 he moved from Lambertville to West Amwell, where he lives with his wife Rina and their daughter Ariella Hope.



Lois Zarish - Executive Director, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee   (jlzarish@sprintmail.com)

"Like most women of my generation, you won't see a college degree on my resume, but what you will see is a lifelong track record of community and civic involvement." And Lois has one heck of a  track record! 

Lois lives in Raritan Township, where she serves as the Municipal Chair. She has served on the HCDC Leadership team as past Chair and Vice Chair from 2002-2012. Lois has worked on campaigns for every level of government. She has stuffed envelopes, canvassed, worked to increase voter registration, planned and hosted events, made key appointment recommendations to the Governor and selected outstanding candidates to run for office - supporting them every step of the way.  

Lois has also served in local government as Chair of the Hunterdon County Board of Elections, the Raritan Township Council of Affordable Housing and the Hunterdon County Office on Aging.  She has been involved in various civic organizations formally and and informally including the American Legion, Loyal Order of the Moose, the Elks, the Heart Association, Cancer Society, March of Dimes and Citizens for Parkland.



William Courtney, Parliamentarian, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee and NJ State Democratic Committee  (wcourtney@courtney-law.com)


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