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Former Gloucester County Freeholder Daniel Parisi

Daniel Parisi, elected Gloucester freeholder at 23, dies at 77

Democrat ousted GOP incumbent in 1965

By David Wildstein, July 20 2019 12:16 pm

Daniel Parisi, who was 23 when he unseated an incumbent in a 1965 race for Gloucester County Freeholder, died on July 10.  He was 77.

Parisi defeated Republican incumbent Joseph Grochowski by 131 votes, 52%-48%.

In those days, Gloucester County freeholders were elected in districts.  Parisi challenged Grochowski in a district that included Newfield and Franklin.  Grochowski had won a two-year unexpired term in 1963,

At the end of his first year as freeholder, he resigned to become the Franklin Chief of Police.

Five years later, he mounted a successful fight to abolish the township police department.

Parisi spent fifteen years as police chief before retiring to run the Pennsauken-based D. Parisi and Son paper yard and River Road Recycling.

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