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Janice Kovach

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Janice Kovach
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 7
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Clinton, New Jersey
Councilwoman, Clinton, New Jersey
Bachelor'sThomas Edison State College
Campaign website
Janice Kovach was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] She ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[2] Kovach was defeated by incumbent Leonard Lance (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]


Kovach currently serves as mayor of Clinton, New Jersey. From 2004-2006 she was a councilwoman in Clinton. She has also served as the Director of the New Jersey Division on Women, a position appointed by the governor.

Kovach attended Thomas Edison State College where she earned a degree in business administration. She has held management positions at Prudential, Fleet and NatWest Banks. Kovach also actively volunteers and has served as a Trustee of the Red Mill Museum Village, as President and Trustee of the CPS Partners in Education Foundation, and on the boards of the Girl Scouts Heart of NJ, United Way Women’s Leadership Council and the Women’s Heart Foundation. She was also an appointee to the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council and was a Leadership NJ Fellow (Class of 2009).[4]



See also: New Jersey's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Kovach ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 7th District. Kovach ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, but lost to incumbent Leonard Lance (R) in the general election.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance Incumbent 59.3% 104,287
     Democratic Janice Kovach 38.8% 68,232
     Libertarian Jim Gawron 2% 3,478
Total Votes 175,997
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections

Petition Controversy

Although she had obtained the requisite 200 signatures and filed to run in the primary, Kovach was not included in the initial list of candidates put out by the state Division of Elections. The division did not accept a number of the signatures because the person who had obtained them did not reside in the district. Susan Scarola, an administrative law judge, overturned the ruling in light of another case in which state Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled it unconstitutional to require that the people collecting petitions be from the candidate's district. Since the decision was not overruled by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Kovach was on the ballot for the June primary election.[5]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kovach's reports.[6]

Janice Kovach (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 14, 2014$0.00$18,709.33$(375.53)$18,333.80
Running totals


Kovach lives in Clinton, New Jersey, with her husband, Stephen, and their three children.[4]

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