Mount Olive Democrats is committed to keeping our nation and community safe and expanding opportunity for all. Our focus is on sustainable economic growth, protection and conservation of our environment, water, and open space, affordable health care, retirement security, open, honest and accountable government, and protecting civil rights & liberties. We support Democratic candidates who represent these values and through our civic engagement strive to ensure that these principles are reflected both in our local government and within our community.
We are committed to educating our community about the importance of civic engagement, voting, voting rights, and voter registration. Getting involved in local politics is often the best way to make a lasting difference in our community. Through volunteering, you can help make positive changes, bring a voice for progress and improve the quality of life within our Township, County, State and the nation.
Join us to make a difference in our community and our local government and build a better Mount Olive for all.
Meet our Executive Committee
We are passionate about building our democratic party and improving Mount Olive.
Andy Meissner and his wife Christine have lived in Mount Olive since 1984, first on Flanders-Drakestown Road and then beginning in 1995, in Flanders Crossing. Andy and Christine raised a daughter and son in Mount Olive and are now proud grandparents. Andy retired from AT&T last year after 35 years in leadership positions in Marketing, Program Management and Information Systems.
Andy’s passion for politics began in 1968 when his family saw both Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey campaign for president at a local airport on Long Island. As a teenager, Andy canvassed with local assembly and town council candidates and was elected to several positions in high school and college. Since 2008, Andy has been actively involved in voter registration, phone banking and canvassing. Andy’s priorities for the Mount Olive Democrats are to continue to build our organization, provide a home for people to share their passions for our country and our democratic values, re-elect Congressman Tom Malinowski, and provide opportunities to participate and contribute in as many ways as possible. Andy would like to meet with as many people as possible either over coffee or while canvassing through each of your districts (his real passion!) to talk about our experiences, unique talents and suggestions on how we can all be successful in 2020 and beyond.
Irene and her husband Sergio have lived in Mount Olive since 1980. We have raised two daughters and a son and now have four beautiful grandchildren. Irene has worked as a Payroll Coordinator at Ronetco Supermarkets since 1997. Irene also helped her husband open & run an electric motor repair business from 1990 to 2018. Irene has served as a volunteer for the Girl and Boy Scouts of America, Mount Olive Park Partners, League of Women Voters and St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church. Irene also founded the Mount Olive Volleyball Association and served as the President for 10 years. Irene has been involved with the Mount Olive Democrats since 2017 and ran for a Town Council in 2019. Irene is proud of her contributions to the successful 2018 Malinowski campaign and is thrilled with the excellent work Tom Malinowski is doing to represent our district. She looks forward to building the Mount Olive Democratic Committee and celebrating a winning 2020 for all of our candidates.
Alicia Sharma is an accounting professional and a lifelong volunteer. She was born in Guyana and spent the majority of her life there before moving to Canada and then the United States. She has lived in Mount Olive with her husband, Edmund, and two of their six kids since 2015. Alicia received her MBA from the University of Scranton and currently works as the Assistant Controller for a private school.
Alicia decided to become more politically involved after becoming a US citizen in 2020. So, she ran for Town Council in 2021 and for a seat on the Morris County Commissioner Board in 2022. She is currently a trustee for the Mount Olive Public Library, where she has been appointed to the finance and budget committee, the strategic planning committee, the nominating committee, and the building and grounds committee. She also serves as an advisor to the Mount Olive Recreation Advisory Board, assisting in the planning of community events. In addition, she is a board member of the Woodfield Home Owners Association in the Woodfield neighborhood where she lives.
Alicia is proud of the Mount Olive Democrats’ hard work for Tom Malinowski in 2022, and she hopes to continue this work through collaboration. Her goal as treasurer is to ensure that there is enough money to support the party’s vision for 2023 and beyond.
When she is not busy with politics, she loves to cook, listen to music (all genre), spend time with family and friends. She also loves to watch her Bollywood movies and Zumba is her favorite form of exercising.
Sheri was born in Brooklyn, NY (Sheepshead Bay), moved to Long Island when she was 5 years old and came to Mount Olive 9 years ago when the company Sheri was working for offered her a promotional position in NJ. Sheri was looking for a new construction town home in a beautiful area with a strong sense of community. When Sheri found Morris Chase under development in Budd Lake, she knew this was her place and she has been very happy here!
Sheri has one sister who lives in West Orange (who knew they would both end up in NJ) and lots of great friends across the country.
Sheri lives with her two wonderful 100 lb. fur-babies, Jessie (age 6) and Roxie (age 4). They are both German Shepherd rescues from Alabama and were extremely happy the country voted to put Champ and Major in the White House in 2020!