Middlesex County Commissioner Claribel Azcona-Barber immigrated to the US at age 19 from her birthplace of El Rubio, Dominican Republic. From the very beginning of her citizenship, she was part of the Middlesex County Community. Soon after settling in the City of New Brunswick, she enrolled in the English as a Second Language program at Middlesex County College and was awarded her Associates Degree in Marketing.
County Commissioner Azcona-Barber then furthered her experience in marketing and deepened her close relationship with her large family by managing her father’s New Brunswick grocery store. She also honed her business and marketing skills by owning and operating her own restaurant. In the year 2000, she found her true calling and entered the field of public service.
She began working for the City of New Brunswick as a principal clerk. She then served as a legislative aide to Assemblyman Joseph V. Egan. Continuing her role in State government, she transferred to the Secretary of State’s Office as an executive assistant to Deputy Secretary of State, then moved up to serve as aide to former Governor James E. McGreevey.
Other notable positions that County Commissioner Azcona-Barber has held were, confidential aide to the Attorney General and aide to former Governor Jon S. Corzine, in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
County Commissioner Azcona-Barber has served on Governor-nominated and Senate-confirmed boards including the New Jersey Optometrists Board and the New Jersey Cemetery Board. She has also generously volunteered her time on City of New Brunswick boards that work to improve life for city residents, such as the Ethics Board, the Planning Board, the Human Relations Commission and the Rent Control Board.
County Commissioner Azcona-Barber has also shown her commitment to a diverse community and honored her own background by serving as a member of the following: The Middlesex County College Hispanic Advisory Committee, the Middlesex County Hispanic Task Force, Latinas United for Political Empowerment PAC and the Latino Action Network (LAN). Also, she has served as a board member on the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) and the United Way of Central Jersey.
Her political background includes working and volunteering on statewide and local campaigns. Her notable campaigns began as New Brunswick Field Director for Victory 2001 McGreevey for Governor; as Middlesex/Mercer Latino Field Director for Victory 2005 Corzine for Governor; as Co-Chair of Cahill, Egan, Escobar 2010; and as Senior Advisor to Cahill, Egan, Escobar in 2018.
Currently, County Commissioner Azcona-Barber holds the position of management specialist for the City of New Brunswick in the office of Mayor James M. Cahill. She is also a Democratic Committeewoman in New Brunswick.
County Commissioner Azcona-Barber remains part of the New Brunswick community, residing there with her husband Tony and their daughters Elizabeth and Victoria. She looks forward to continuing her groundbreaking role in public service, as the first Dominican woman to serve as a County Comissioner in the State of New Jersey.