Hamilton County School District elections (2014)

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2014 Hamilton County School District Elections

General Election date:
August 7, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Tennessee
Hamilton County School District
Hamilton County, Tennessee ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Tennessee
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Five seats on the Hamilton County School District Board of Education were up for general election on August 7, 2014. The incumbents in Districts 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 were up for re-election.

Incumbents Greg Martin, Joe Galloway and David Testerman were re-elected to Districts 3, 6 and 8 respectively. Newcomer Karitsa Mosley won the open Distrist 5 seat, and newcomer Steve Highlander won the open District 9 seat.[1]

The District 3 and District 8 incumbents, Greg Martin and David Testerman, ran against one challenger each. In District 6, board member Joe Galloway faced two challengers for his seat. Seven challengers competed for the open District 5 seat, while another five candidates campaigned for the District 9 seat.[2]

About the district

See also: Hamilton County School District, Tennessee
Hamilton County School District is located in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Hamilton County School District is located in Hamilton 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.[3] In the 2011-2012 school year, Hamilton County School District was the fourth-largest school district in Tennessee and served 43,296 students.[4]

Demographics

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Hamilton County (%) Tennessee (%)
White 75.7 79.1
Black or African American 19.9 17.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.4
Asian 2.1 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.9 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Hamilton County[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 58,836 79,933
2008 64,246 81,702
2004 57,302 78,547
2000 51,708 66,605

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.[6]

Method of board member selection

The Hamilton County Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms by specific geographic district. There was no primary election and the general election was held on August 7, 2014. Five seats were up for election in 2014.[7]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was April 3, 2014, and the deadline to withdraw was April 10, 2014.[8]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Greg Martin Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Bryan College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Family service manager, Lakewood Memory Gardens and Hamilton County Memorial Park

  • Samuel Blakemore
    • Graduate, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Covenant College and Covington Theological Seminary
    • Court officer, Chattanooga City Court
  • Patrick D. Hampton
    • Graduate, Covington Theological Seminary
    • Youth pastor, Hawkinsville Missionary Baptist Church
  • Jacqueline A. Thomas
    • Graduate, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Southern Adventist University
    • Retired family advocate, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
  • Yashika Ward
    • Graduate, Chattanooga State Community College
    • Social service worker

  • Oscar Brock
    • Graduate, Stanford University and Vanderbilt University
    • Real estate developer
    • Executive committeeman, Tennessee Republican Party

  • Steve Highlander Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Covington Seminary
    • Educator
  • Dean Moorhouse
    • Graduate, Cleveland State Community College and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    • Co-owner, Professional Pulmonary Services

Election results

Hamilton County School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Martin Incumbent 61.8% 3,634
     Nonpartisan Jim Watson 37% 2,172
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.2% 71
Total Votes 5,877
Source: Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Election 2014 Unofficial Results," accessed August 7, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Hamilton County School District, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaritsa Mosley 33.7% 1,624
     Nonpartisan Patrick D. Hampton 26% 1,256
     Nonpartisan Jackie Anderson-Thomas 12.9% 621
     Nonpartisan Samuel E. Blakemore 8.9% 430
     Nonpartisan Richard K. Bennett 8.5% 410
     Nonpartisan Cynthia Stanley-Cash 6% 287
     Nonpartisan Yashika Ward 3.6% 176
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 18
Total Votes 4,822
Source: Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Election 2014 Unofficial Results," accessed August 7, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Hamilton County School District, District 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Galloway Incumbent 35.3% 1,604
     Nonpartisan Oscar Brock 33.5% 1,525
     Nonpartisan C. Ballard Scearce, Jr. 30.7% 1,398
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 22
Total Votes 4,549
Source: Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Election 2014 Unofficial Results," accessed August 7, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Hamilton County School District, District 8 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Testerman Incumbent 77.5% 3,545
     Nonpartisan Samevelyn Morgan Rock 21.9% 1,004
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 28
Total Votes 4,577
Source: Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Election 2014 Unofficial Results," accessed August 7, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Hamilton County School District, District 9 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Highlander 49.8% 2,923
     Nonpartisan Dean Moorhouse 21.4% 1,258
     Nonpartisan Karen Farrow 21.1% 1,241
     Nonpartisan Tim White 3.6% 213
     Nonpartisan Larry Lewis 3.3% 194
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 40
Total Votes 5,869
Source: Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Election 2014 Unofficial Results," accessed August 7, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Endorsements

The Hamilton County Education Association endorsed District 3 incumbent Greg Martin, District 5 candidate Jacqueline A. Thomas, both District 8 incumbent David Testerman and challenger Samevelyn Morgan Rock and District 9 candidate Steve Highlander.[9] The Chattanooga Times endorsed Jim Watson in District 3, Karitsa Mosley in District 5, C. Ballard Scearce, Jr. in District 6, David Testerman in District 8 and Steve Highlander in District 9.[10][11] The Chattanooga Free Press endorsed Greg Martin in District 3, Patrick D. Hampton in District 5, C. Ballard Scearce, Jr. in District 6, David Testerman in District 8 and Steve Highlander in District 9.[12][13]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $19,885.12 and spent a total of $9,484.24 in this election, according to the Hamilton County Election Commission.[14]

In the District 3 race, candidates received a total of $4,400.00 and spent a total of $410.00.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Greg Martin $4,400.00 $410.00 $5,090.00
Jim Watson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District 5 race, candidates received a total of $4,955.12 and spent a total of $2,531.93.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Richard K. Bennett $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Samuel Blakemore $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Patrick D. Hampton $3,955.12 $2,381.93 $1,573.19
Karitsa Mosley $500.00 $0.00 $500.00
Cynthia Stanley-Cash $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Jacqueline A. Thomas $500.00 $150.00 $350.00
Yashika Ward $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District 6 race, candidates received no contributions or expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Joe Galloway $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Oscar Brock $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
C. Ballard Scearce, Jr. $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District 8 race, candidates received no contributions or expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
David Testerman $0.00 $0.00 -$5,828.00
Samevelyn Morgan Rock $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District 9 race, candidates received a total of $10,530.00 and spent a total of $6,542.31.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Karen Farrow $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Steve Highlander $7,100.00 $4,749.29 $2,350.71
Larry Lewis $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Dean Moorhouse $3,430.00 $1,793.02 -$363.02
Tim White $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Hamilton County School District election in 2014:[8][15]

Deadline Event
January 3, 2014 First day to pick up nominating petitions
April 3, 2014 Last day to file nominating petitions
April 10, 2014 Last day to withdraw and last day to file first campaign finance report
May 5, 2014 Last day to file statement of interests with the Tennessee Ethics Commission
June 18, 2014 Last day to file as a write-in candidate
July 8, 2014 Voter registration deadline
July 10, 2014 Last day to file second campaign finance report
July 18, 2014 Early voting begins
July 31, 2014 Last day to file third campaign finance report
August 2, 2014 Early voting ends and last day to withdraw as a write-in candidate
August 7, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with primary elections for several Tennessee state executive offices, state legislative seats and federal legislative seats in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. It also shared the ballot with county, municipal and judicial elections.[16]

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References

  1. Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Election 2014 Unofficial Results," accessed August 7, 2014
  2. Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Candidates picking up petitions this election year," accessed June 25, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hamilton County, Tennessee," accessed July 10, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  5. Tennessee Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed June 25, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Hamilton County School District, "Board Members Legal Status," accessed June 25, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "​Information on Upcoming Election," accessed May 26, 2014
  9. Chattanooga Times Free Press, "HCEA endorses commission, school board candidates," May 5, 2014
  10. Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Times picks for District 3, District 5 and District 6," July 18, 2014
  11. Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Times picks for District 8 and District 9," July 19, 2014
  12. Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Free Press picks for District 3, District 5 and District 6," July 18, 2014
  13. Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Free Press picks for District 8 and District 9," July 19, 2014
  14. Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Candidate Guide," accessed June 25, 2014
  15. Tennessee Secretary of State, "Candidate Dates," accessed June 25, 2014
  16. Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "What’s On The Ballot 2014?," accessed June 25, 2014