Executive Officers

These are the SCDC executive officers.


Leslie Huhn


Leslie attended William Paterson University where she received a Bachelors degree in Nursing. In 2014 she earned her School Nurse Certification from New Jersey City University. She has been a nurse for over 20 years.

She moved to Sussex County in 2002, and has been active in Democratic politics since. In 2010, she co-founded the grassroots parents group, Sparta Unites for Our Schools; in 2011 she ran for the NJ Assembly in the 24th District. The focus of her campaign was education funding and supporting public education. In 2012, she co-founded the Sussex County Democratic Women’s Caucus, which became The Northwest New Jersey Democratic Women’s Caucus.

Leslie has worked on various campaigns, locally, as well as statewide races. She worked on Barbara Buono’s campaign for Governor in 2013, and was the Sussex/Warren liaison for the Cho Campaign in the 5th Congressional District in 2014.

Leslie currently resides in Sparta with her two children.

Mike Figueiredo

Vice Chair

Mike is a resident of Andover Borough where he serves as a Town Councilman and as the Andover Borough Democratic Committee's Municipal Chair. Mike grew up in Edison, NJ and graduated from J.P. Stevens High School. Michael then graduated from Wilkes University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies Secondary Education and later earned a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from Montclair State University. In 2008, Mike earned a second Master of Arts degree in the field of Military History. Michael has volunteered in various local and state campaigns and has been a member of the SCDC since 2011. Mike is currently a social studies teacher at West Orange High School in West Orange.



Diane Wexler

SCDC Treasurer

Diane has been Treasurer of the Sussex County Democratic Committee since 2009 and also has serves as Treasurer of the Vernon Township Democratic Committee since 2005.  Wexler has been active locally in politics since 2005.  She has been self employed for more than 30 years operating a bookkeeping/secretarial service, most recently expanding into IT services.  Wexler lives in Vernon Township.

Shannon Nothstine


Shannon Nothstine was born and raised in Sussex County.  She graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and Religious Studies.  Since 2008, Shannon has served on the local Board of Education, and as President since 2014.  She also serves on the Young Leadership Council at Project Self Sufficiency, where she strives to grow a new generation of leadership.  Shannon is a life-long Democrat, and looks forward to serving on the Sussex County Democratic Committee.




Jackie Stapel

Executive Director

Jacky Stapel was born and raised in Sussex County.  Both of her parents were employees of the County of Sussex and very active in the Union.  Her father as Vice President and her mother as Secretary of the union prior to the CWA.  Volunteering and standing up for working people were ingrained in her and her sisters at an early age.

Jacky has been involved with the Sussex County Democratic Committee as a volunteer since 2002.  She has worked on multiple campaigns doing everything from door knocking and phone banks to covering shifts at various events, Treasurer and campaign manager. 
In 2014 Jacky took over as Chair of the Fair Committee for the SCDC booth at the state fair.  This gave her the opportunity to help bring new volunteers into the fold using her organizing and training skills as a Senior Sales Executive. She was appointed Outreach Chairwoman in 2015.  That same year she ran for State Assembly on a progressive platform that included school funding reform, accountability of our leaders in Trenton and bringing more funding back to the 24th district.
Jacky has been an elected member of the Sussex County Democratic Committee since 2015 as the female representative for Frankford District 1.  She has 5 children with her husband of 16 years Ryan and they recently relocated to Hardyston.