Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 | 10:40 p.m.
Incumbent Terri Janison swept to an easy victory Thursday, advancing to the general election with just over 50 percent of the vote for the District E School Board seat.
With 82 percent of precincts reporting, Janison had recorded 50.8 percent of the vote.
Las Vegas Metro Police Officer John Schutt, a 10-year veteran of the force, was a distant second with 19.3 percent. But that’s still good enough to advance to the general election.
Janison could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday. Her endorsements include the teachers and support employees unions, the Southern Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriffs and Citizens for Responsible Government.
Schutt, making his first bid for public office, said he’s concerned that Metro officers are being taken out of high-crime areas and sent to police schools.
“Clark County taxpayers are being double-billed for the same services,” said Schutt, who has two sons attending district schools. “We need a feasibility study to look at the function of school police, and whether they are really serving the district and the community.”
Janison, a longtime school volunteer and mother of two district students, was appointed to the board in 2005 following Denise Brodsky’s resignation. Janison handily won the 2006 election to finish the two years remaining on her predecessor’s original term. Earlier this year she received a lifetime achievement award from the National PTA. Issues related to student health, nutrition and fitness are among her top priorities.
Summerlin resident Steve Greco, making his second attempt to defeat Janison, finished third with 15.33 percent. Caroline Sanchez-Rangen was fourth with 14.61 percent.