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Former Atlantic County Clerk Michael Garvin. (Photo: Garvin Family.)

Michael Garvin, former Atlantic County Clerk, dies at 80

By David Wildstein, January 03 2021 8:43 pm

Michael H. Garvin, an affable former bartender and teacher who served as Atlantic County Clerk for 15 years, died on December 28.  He was 80.

Garvin spent many years as the deputy county clerk and won the top post in 1996 following the retirement of another Democrat, Lori Mooney.  He defeated Republican Carol Callowhill, an Atlantic City school board member, by more than 10,000 votes, 57%-43%.

He was re-elected in 2001 against Republican Alisa Cooper, the daughter of a popular former assemblywoman and later a Democratic freeholder.  In 2006, he won his third term against Sonya Harris, now the Republican State Committeewoman from Atlantic.

In retirement, Garvin split his time between Philadelphia and his family home in Ireland.

His family said that they will host a celebration of Garvin’s life “in the form of true Irish wake” when it can be done safely.

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