Bill Dowd, the longtime Monmouth Republican Chairman and a former State Assemblyman passed away on Saturday night. He was 74 years old.
Born on November 11, 1943 in Long Branch, Dowd graduated from Seton Hall University in 1966 and earned his law degree from Rutgers in 1970.
He was a Confidential Assistant to U.S. Treasury Secretary David Kennedy in 1969 and a Staff Assistant in the Nixon White House in 1969 and 1970. He served in the NJ General Assembly 1978-1982. He ran for Congress at the age of 26 in 1970 and again in 1972. He was the Monmouth County Republican Chairman from 1986 through 2004.
“He was brilliant – published in the New York Times more than just about any Republican- and a truly independent spirit. In a world where there are far too few of those. He was a dear friend of William F.Buckley and Declan O’Scanlon, proving one could span a wide range of intellectual challenge,” State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon told NewJerseyGlobe. “He loved dogs, those of four legs and those of merely two. I was lucky to have known him. Monmouth County was lucky to have benefited from his leadership.”