2016 Reorganization Meeting and New Executive Board

The PCDO held its annual reorganizaton meeting on Sunday evening, January 31st. The potluck dinner provided more than enough food and drink, and the conversation was -- as usual -- informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking. In addition to familiar faces and some new ones, a wide range of elected officials mixed with the crowd. Among the attendees were Assembly members Liz Muoio (who is also the Mercer County Democratic Chair) and Andrew Zwicker; County Executive Brian Hughes; Sheriff Jack Kemler; County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello; Surrogate Diane Gerofsky; Freeholder Andrew Koontz; and Princeton's own elected officials: Mayor Liz Lempert; Council members Jo Butler, Jenny Crumiller, Heather Howard, and Bernie Miller.

potluck dinner


A full slate of officers and at-large members was welcomed onto the Executive Board for the coming year. The new officers are:

President - Owen O'Donnell

1st Vice President - Amner Deleon

2nd Vice President - Dwaine Williamson

Treasurer - David Cohen

Assistant Treasurer - Maureen Quap

Recording Secretary - Peter Lindenfeld

Corresponding Secretary - Joanna Dougherty


The twelve at-large members are:

Jose Alcantara

Kathleen Cassidy

Kip Cherry

Mary Clurman

Liz Cohen

Jim Floyd

Mark Freda

Craig Garcia

Paul Gilmore

Anne Neumann

Sheldon Sturges

Russell Weiss-Irwin


This year's Board is rounded out by the following elected officials and Democratic Party leaders living in the community:

Doreen Blanc-Rockstram - 1st Vice Chair, Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee

Jo Butler - Princeton Council

Jenny Crumiller - Princeton Council

Jon Durbin - PCDO Immediate Past President

Heather Howard - Princeton Council

Brian Hughes - Mercer County Executive

Andrew Koontz - Mercer County Freeholder

Liz Lempert - Princeton Mayor

Lance Liverman - Princeton Council

Scotia MacRae - 2nd Vice Chair, Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee

Bernie Miller - Princeton Council

Patrick Simon - Princeton Council

Peter Wolanin - Chair, Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee


Before the election of the new Board, outgoing President Jon Durbin highlighted some of the accomplishments of his tenure, including the continued strength of the Democratic Party in Princeton and Mercer County as well as our success in adding a shade of blue to the 16th Legislative District with the election of Andrew Zwicker to the Assembly. Jon also thanked longtime Executive Board member Dan Preston for his service to the organization and his ever-continuing support of the Democratic Party and democratic principles. In closing, Jon stressed the importance of the upcoming election cycle and the vital need to make sure a Democrat is elected to the White House in November.


In his remarks, Owen thanked the members, the outgoing and incoming Boards, and pledged to continue the high standards the PCDO has maintained over many years. He also noted the upcoming elections and pointed out that having a contested race for Council is a positive sign that democracy is alive and well in our community.


Jon and OwenDwaine, Owen, and Amner


Finally, three resolutions were presented to the membership for vote, with all passing:

  • Supporting the Formation of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District
  • Urging Implementation of Verified Voting for Mercer County
  • In Support of $15/Hour New Jersey Minimum Wage and the Right of Workers to Organize

Note: Jenny Crumiller pointed out that a quorum of the Princeton Council was present for the reading of the resolutions and, since two of the items will be presented to Council, the Council members would abstain from the vote.


Next Meeting: Endorsement Night for Non-Princeton Races, including Freeholder, County Surrogate, US House of Representatives, and President of the United States.

Special Guest: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman

Sunday, February 21st. Doors open at 7:00 PM, meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Suzanne Patterson Senior Resource Center



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