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Jana Jones

A candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Idaho in the 2014 Nov. 4 Idaho General Election

Party: Democratic

City: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Occupation: Former chief deputy state school superintendent

Vice president for K-12 education practice at Maximus, a national consulting firm. She has a doctorate in education, taught school in Idaho Falls for 10 years, and operated a private school that was the state’s first to fully integrate children with disabilities, before she joined the state Department of Education, serving under three superintendents and rising to chief deputy under Superintendent Marilyn Howard. She also headed Gov. Cecil Andrus’ Office for Children.

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Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Sherri Ybarra (R) 216,961 50.67 %
Jana Jones (D) 211,246 49.33 %

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