Janice O. Davis

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Janice O. Davis
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Former candidate for
Akron Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMalone College
Master'sBaldwin College
Janice O. Davis was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Akron Board of Education. She lost to three incumbents and one fellow challenger in the November 5, 2013 general election.


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.[1]



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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Mansfield Incumbent 20.9% 11,621
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce D. Alexander Incumbent 18.6% 10,344
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVeronica Sims Incumbent 15.8% 8,816
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDave Lombardi 13.8% 7,670
     Nonpartisan Janice O. Davis 12.2% 6,814
     Nonpartisan Debbie Maire Walsh 9.8% 5,466
     Nonpartisan Scott Stetson 9% 5,003
Total Votes 55,734
Source: Summit County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Summit County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013


Davis reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDon Pusquellic Incumbent 54.7% 12,625
     Democrat Michael D. Williams 43.3% 9,984
     Democrat Janice O. Davis 2% 471
Total Votes 23,080
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.[3]

District issues

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.[4]

About the district

See also: Akron Public Schools, Ohio
Akron Public Schools is located in Summit County, Ohio
Akron is the county seat of Summit County and located in northeastern Ohio. The city's population was 199,110 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Akron (%) Ohio (%)
White 62.2 82.7
Black or African American 31.5 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 2.1 1.7
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.1 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.2 48.2
2008 51.5 47
2004 48.7 50.8
2000 46.3 50.1

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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7]

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