Janice O. Davis
|Janice O. Davis|
|Akron Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Davis earned a B.S. in Business from Malone College. She later earned a M.B.A. with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from Baldwin College in 2006. Davis worked as a marketing and operations specialist with Bank of America and manager with Summa Health System before her retirement.
- See also: Akron Public Schools elections (2013)
Davis sought election to one of four available seats on the board in the November 5, 2013 general election. She was among seven candidates seeking a board seat.
|Akron Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Lisa Mansfield Incumbent||20.9%||11,621|
|Nonpartisan||Bruce D. Alexander Incumbent||18.6%||10,344|
|Nonpartisan||Veronica Sims Incumbent||15.8%||8,816|
|Nonpartisan||Janice O. Davis||12.2%||6,814|
|Nonpartisan||Debbie Maire Walsh||9.8%||5,466|
|Source: Summit County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Summit County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
Davis ran in the Akron mayoral race in 2011 but placed third in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2011.
|Mayor of Akron, Democratic Primary, September 13, 2011|
|Democrat||Don Pusquellic Incumbent||54.7%||12,625|
|Democrat||Michael D. Williams||43.3%||9,984|
|Democrat||Janice O. Davis||2%||471|
|Source: Summit County Board of Elections|
What was at stake?
Incumbents Bruce D. Alexander, Lisa Mansfield and Veronica Sims sought re-election to the board on November 5, 2013. The race also featured challengers Janice O. Davis, Dave Lombardi, Scott Stetson and Debbie Maire Walsh. Current member and board president Jason Haas did not file for re-election.
2011 mayoral bid
Davis's campaign for mayor in 2011 drew attention due to the competitiveness of the race. She sought election against longtime Mayor Don Pusquellic and veteran City Councilman Mike Williams, which raised questions about the purpose of her candidacy. Rumors about an effort by Pusquellic and his supporters to encourage Davis to run in order to take votes from Williams were rejected by both candidates. Davis also contacted the Akron Police Department to file a report detailing threatening phone calls received after filing for the election.
Board members in Akron will contend with academic performance issues stemming from recent assessments by the Ohio Department of Education. The district only achieved proficiency in five performance indicators out of 24 according to the 2012-2013 District Report Card. This evaluation also found that proficiency levels were at least 10% behind state averages in reading and mathematics from grades 3 through 8.
About the district
- See also: Akron Public Schools, Ohio
Akron lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 20% of Akron residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Akron had a median income of $34,190 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Akron was 25.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- League of Women Voters of the Akron Area, "2011 Voters Guide," accessed September 10, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- Akron Beacon-Journal, " Akron mayoral candidate claims she’s received threats to get out of the race," July 2, 2011
- Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Akron Public Schools," accessed September 10, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Akron," accessed September 9, 2013
- Smart Voter, "Summit County, Ohio," accessed September 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014