Executive Board

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Arlene Quinones Perez - Chairwoman, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee   ([email protected])

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. 


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Alan Harwick - Vice Chair, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee   ([email protected])

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.


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Helen Dowkontt-Richard - Secretary, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee   ([email protected])  

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   ([email protected])

Eric Richard joined the Executive Board in 2018 as the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee Treasurer. He previously served in this role from 2004-2011. Eric is also an elected Democratic County Committee representative for District 1 in West Amwell since2015.

Mr. Richard has been appointed to various Boards and Commissions by several Governors, both Republican and Democrat. Appointments included serving seven years as a Commissioner to the State Health Benefits Commission and to the Department of Labor’s Advisory Council on Workers Compensation for over 10 years.  In 2005 he was appointed by Governor Codey to the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation.  In 2006 he was appointed by Governor Corzine to the State Minimum Wage Advisory Board. In 2016, he was jointly nominated by the Senate President and the Assembly Speaker and appointed by Governor Christie to the State Investment Council, which oversees the various state employee pension fund investments. 

Mr. Richard served for five years as the Chairman of the bi-state Municipal Utilities Authority serving Lambertville, Stockton and New Hope, PA. He received the Man of the Year award from the Mercer County Central Labor Council in 2012 and the Health Care Hero Award from the State’s largest nurse’s union, the Health Professional and Allied Employees union (HPAE), for his efforts to enact the State’s Paid Family Leave law.  

Mr. Richard has served as the Legislative Director to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO since 2001.  Prior to that position, he worked in the New Jersey State Legislature Assembly Democratic Office as staff to the Labor Committee and as a legislative researcher. 

In his role with the AFL-CIO, he was instrumental in working for the passage of laws that support both union and non-union workers throughout the state.  They included his efforts to pass a $15 minimum wage and prevailing wage laws in the construction industry, various pro-worker reforms to the state’s workers compensation and unemployment systems, paid sick leave, two laws to establish and strengthen the state paid family leave system, laws to protect workers from foreign outsourcing of their jobs and laws to protect and fund worker pensions and health insurance.

Born in 1973, Mr. Richard is the son of Peter and Erika Richard.  He 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 to West Amwell from Lambertville, where he lived for 13 years. He married Rina Lubliner on May 24, 2009 in Cape May, New Jersey and has two children, Ariella Hope and Aiden Peter.


Dorothy Dawood - Executive Director, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee [email protected]

Dorothy has been serving on the Executive Board since 2017, first as Co-Chair of the Publicity and Public Relations Committee and now as Executive Director.  She is employed by a local test assessment company in Princeton as an IT Director. As an IT professional, she contributes her technology and project management skills to achieving the goals of the HCDC.

Dorothy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from DeSales University. She has lived with her husband, two daughters, and extended family in Ringoes since 2008.


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William Courtney, Parliamentarian, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee and NJ State Democratic Committee [email protected]


Lauren Grober - Regional Vice-Chair for LD 23, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee [email protected]

Lauren is an owner of Chalk Board Press, a freelance educational publishing company. She is also a freelance editor for a non-fiction publisher where she has edited various publications including The Great Divide by Thomas Fleming, A Dangerous Master by Wendell Wallach and First Ladies for C Span, based on their popular series.  Lauren lives in Union Township where she serves as the Municipal Chair and co-founder of the Union Township Democratic Club. She is also a founding member of the Western New Jersey Community Service Team, a group dedicated to living their values in their communities by helping others through volunteering at soup kitchens, performing donation drives for those in need, and helping veterans. Lauren graduated Rutgers University with degrees in Political Science and History.


Beverly Entin - Regional Vice-Chair LD 15, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee [email protected]

 


Malik Johnston - Regional Vice-Chair LD 16, Hunterdon County Democratic Committee [email protected]

 


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