Donald Wagner, who spent 38 years in public office as an official in Gloucester County, passed away on January 10. He was 91. After serving four terms on the West Deptford Board of Education, he was elected to the Board of Freeholders in 1971, running on the Democratic ticket with Raymond Zane. He was re-elected in 1974, 1977 and 1980. Wagner spent seven years as Freeholder Director.
When Donald Stewart decided not to seek re-election to the sixth term in the State Assembly in 1981, Wagner mulled an Assembly bid. Democrats instead backed Thomas Pankok, a Salem County Freeholder. He was elected Gloucester County Surrogate in 1982, and was re-elected in 1987 and 1992.
PolitickerNJ.com apologizes for the delay in reporting Judge Wagner's passing.