By Karen Gutierrez
Enquirer staff writer
A third-year law student pulled off a surprise win in the race for Newport School Board, one of two urban districts in Northern Kentucky that had drawn many candidates.
Andrea Janovic, a newcomer to politics and the city of Newport, was the third-highest vote-getter, beating out incumbent Steve Duve and challengers Bob Yoder and Rob Rummel for a board seat.
"Oh my gosh, you're kidding!" Janovic said Tuesday night.
With 11 of 12 precincts reporting, she had 1,483 votes to 2,513 for incumbent Jim Hesch and 2,435 for board Chairman Tete Turner.
Challenger Bob Yoder was the fourth-highest vote getter, falling 124 votes behind Janovic.
"I've sort of kept my ear to the drumbeat here in Newport," Janovic said. "I heard a lot of people saying they wanted some new blood, and I heard a lot of people saying they wanted a woman.
"I gave them an option."
Janovic is a law student at Northern Kentucky University who moved to Newport from Ohio four years ago because of its up-and-coming status.
As a board member, "I want to work with the superintendent and principals to make sure curriculum is tailored to train the students to think critically, to be decision-makers, and to help them to advance in their test scores," Janovic said.
Her daughter attends St. Therese School in Southgate. During the campaign, other candidates had emphasized their personal connections to Newport schools.
Hesch and Turner are products of the Newport school system. Hesch has children at Newport High and is a long-time volunteer. Turner has been on the board for 26 years.
Yoder has a toddler who he says will attend Newport schools. But Yoder's campaign was dogged by anonymous fliers distributed around Newport that labeled him, among other things, as a "gay activist."
Yoder said he is not gay, but he did speak out against hate mail sent to a gay bar in Newport this year. He is also known for attending School Board meetings and pressing the board to be more open with the public.
In the Covington Independent School District, voters re-elected Col Owens, Glenda Huff and Rita Wilson. The outcome is a sign of support for Superintendent Jack Moreland, whom the board hired in 2000 to turn around the struggling system.
Moreland has rankled a few parents and staff with a leadership style that can be heavy-handed. But test scores are slowly improving at the district's six elementaries, and Ninth District school made so much progress this year that it was honored by the city of Covington.
The two challengers in Covington were Jerry Sammons, a parent who has been president of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Holmes High School, and Patrick Lance, a construction administrator active in Covington politics.
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Voters repeal amendment on gay rights
Ohio Supreme Court: GOP's justices appear to be buttressing majority
Voinovich has no trouble winning 2nd Senate term
Sycamore levy passes; four others fail
Kerry effort falls short in Ohio
Ohio Republicans aim to maintain grip in House, Senate
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Ohio Issue 1 passes
Turnout heavy in suburbs
MU students hit the polls
HAMILTON CO. RACES
Cincinnati school levy passes
Hospital tax leading despite opposition
CLERMONT CO. RACES
Clermont County: Republicans remain choice in early count
Clermont County tax issues: Long lines delay counting
BUTLER CO. RACES
Fairfield levy passes
Butler commission: All incumbents being returned
Butler levies: Support strong for health, social care funding
Butler County Sheriff: Jones likely successor to Gabbard
WARREN CO. RACES
Heavy turnout, long lines delay vote count
Kings levy passes by slim margin
Indiana governor: Daniels prevails after tough, costly slugfest
Ballot misprint may affect Ind. school board race
KENTUCKY ELECTION RESULTS:
Alexandria: Voters stick with City Council's six incumbents
Bellevue City Council: Two incumbents losing seats with 4 of 5 precincts counted
Covington: Sanders and Stricker joining City Commission
Campbell County: Ward holds on to retain seat on Circuit Court
Florence City Council: One newcomer, five incumbents win seats
Independence: Four who opposed insurance tax win
Newport: Mayor, all four on council will be keeping their seats
Suburban schools: Campbell, other area boards get fresh faces
Villa Hills, Taylor Mill: Taxes to fix, replace city streets rejected
Urban schools: Newcomer ousts incumbent, snags Newport board seat
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Ky. Senate: Bunning wins - but race was close
Ky. House: This time around, Davis prevails
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State's determined voters brave long lines, waits, rain
23rd Senate District: Westwood survives challenge by Groob
Ex-Gov. Carroll wins Frankfort seat
State Senate: Republican Thayer wins a full term in new seat
67th House District: Keene's win preserves spot for Democrats
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