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 25 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.

Under her leadership the Committee has more than doubled in size and Democratic registered voters in Sussex have surpassed 20,000.

In 2018 Leslie was named to Loretta Weinberg’s 100 most powerful women in NJ List.

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 2008 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.



Kate Matteson

Executive Director