|Board member, Hamilton County Board of Education, District 8|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 7, 2014|
|First elected||August 5, 2010|
|Bachelor's||Tennessee Temple University|
|Master's||Tennessee Technical University|
David Testerman is the District 8 member of the Hamilton County Board of Education in Tennessee. He won the general election on August 7, 2014. He was first elected to the board on August 5, 2010. Testerman also ran unsuccessfully as a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 10 of the Tennessee State Senate.
David Testerman is a resident of Hamilton County, Tennessee. Testerman earned a bachelor's degree from Tennessee Temple University and a master's degree from Tennessee Technical University. Before he retired, he worked for 32 years as an educator and school administrator at Ganns Middle Valley, Bachman, Westview, White Oak, Sale Creek and East Ridge High School in the Hamilton County School District.
The general election in Hamilton County featured five seats up for election on August 7, 2014. Greg Martin won re-election in District 3 against Jim Watson. Karitsa Mosley won the open District 5 race against fellow newcomers Richard K. Bennett, Samuel Blakemore, Patrick D. Hampton, Cynthia Stanley-Cash, Jacqueline A. Thomas and Yashika Ward. Incumbent Joe Galloway won re-election, defeating newcomers Oscar Brock and C. Ballard Scearce, Jr. in District 6. The District 8 race was won by incumbent David Testerman, who defeated challenger Samevelyn Morgan Rock. Newcomer Steve Highlander won the open District 9 seat, defeating Karen Farrow, Larry Lewis, Dean Moorhouse and Tim White.
|Hamilton County School District, District 8 General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||David Testerman Incumbent||77.4%||3,545|
|Nonpartisan||Samevelyn Morgan Rock||22%||1,005|
|Source: Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Official Results - August 7th, 2014 - State Primary & County General," accessed February 23, 2015|
Testerman began the race with an existing campaign debt of $5,828.00 from his previous campaigns. He reported no contributions or expenditures to the Hamilton County Election Commission during the election. 
- See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2012
Testerman ran in the 2012 election for Tennessee State Senate District 10. Testerman ran against Andrae McGary and Quenston Coleman in the August 2, 2012, Democratic primary. Todd Gardenhire ran against Greg Vital in the Republican primary. Incumbent Democrat Andy Berke did not seek re-election.
|Tennessee State Senate, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Hamilton County School District, District 8 General Election, 4-year term, 2010|
|Nonpartisan||Andrew "Andy" Mullin||20%||839|
|Source: Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Election Archives," accessed June 25, 2014|
Testerman made education the focal point of his Tennessee State Senate campaign and stated, "Education overshadows all -- re-establishing technical education, reining in student loan debts and supporting public school teachers."
About the districtHamilton County, Tennessee. The county seat of Hamilton County is Chattanooga. Hamilton County is home to 348,673 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. In the 2011-2012 school year, Hamilton County School District was the fourth-largest school district in Tennessee and served 43,296 students.
Hamilton County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Tennessee in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.8 percent of Hamilton County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.5 percent for Tennessee as a whole. The median household income in Hamilton County was $46,544 compared to $44,140 for the state of Tennessee. The poverty rate in Hamilton County was 16.2 percent compared to 17.3 percent for the entire 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 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- East Ridge News Online, "Rock Challenging Testerman for School Board Seat," July 19, 2014
- Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Candidate Guide," accessed June 25, 2014
- Chattanooga Times Free Press, "HCEA endorses commission, school board candidates," May 5, 2014
- Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Times picks for District 8 and District 9," July 19, 2014
- Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Free Press picks for District 8 and District 9," July 19, 2014
- Tennessee Department of State - Elections, "List of 2012 Candidates," accessed July 5, 2012
- Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Table is set for GOP win in Tennessee's 10th state Senate District," July 8, 2012
- United States Census Bureau, "Hamilton County, Tennessee," accessed July 10, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Tennessee Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed June 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Hamilton County School District Elections|
|Hamilton County, Tennessee|
|Election date:||August 7, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 3: • Incumbent, Greg Martin • Jim Watson|
District 5: • Richard K. Bennett • Samuel Blakemore • Patrick D. Hampton • Karitsa Mosley • Cynthia Stanley-Cash • Jacqueline A. Thomas • Yashika Ward
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|