Daniel Glicklich, a commissioner of the Somerset County Board of Elections who served as a councilman in North Plainfield and Franklin Township, died on June 7 after a battle with lymphoma. He was 76.
Glicklich began his career in public service in 1982 when Mayor Steven Novak appointed him to the North Plainfield Zoning Board of Adjustment. He won a county committee seat in 1985.
In 1988, he was elected to the North Plainfield Borough Council as part of a Democratic sweep of four seats on a slate that included future mayor Janice Allen. Among the Republicans who lost that year was Bill Crosby, a legendary figure in Somerset County GOP politics.
When Crosby won a seat in 1991, giving Republicans control of the council, Glicklich said “we have to put labels aside for now, or at least until the next election.”
Glicklich did not seek re-election to a second term in 1992.
He ran for Somerset County freeholder in 1996 against Republican incumbents Rose McConnell, a former North Plainfield mayor, and Peter Palmer. Glicklich won a contested Democratic primary after congressional candidate Carl Mayer ran his own line.
In the general election, Glicklich lost by about 13,000 votes,
Glicklich returned to the North Plainfield council in 1998, running with Nathan Rudy. He was re-elected in 2002 and resigned in 2005 when he moved to Franklin Township.
He quickly obtained a seat on the Franklin Planning Board, and in 2007 he was appointed to the township council to fill a vacancy followed by the resignation of Brian Regan.
Glicklich won a full four-year term in November 2007.
In 2011, Glicklich resigned from the council to join the Board of Elections.
“Dan was an amazing man who dedicated his life to making the world a better place. He was a teacher and guidance counselor who served on planning boards and as a member of the borough councils of 2 different towns,” said Somerset County Clerk Steven Peter. “He ran for Somerset County Freeholder when we all knew his chances to be were incredibly slim.
Glicklich grew up in North Plainfield and worked as a teacher in the Bridgewater-Raritan school district.