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
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Five seats on the Hamilton County School District Board of Education are up for general election on August 7, 2014. The incumbents in Districts 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 are up for re-election.

The District 3 and District 8 incumbents, Greg Martin and David Testerman, are running against one challenger each. In District 6, board member Joe Galloway is facing two challengers for his seat. Seven challengers are competing for an open District 5 seat, while another five candidates campaign for the District 9 seat.[1]

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.[2] Hamilton County School District is the fourth-largest school district in Tennessee, serving 43,296 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
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[4]
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Hamilton County Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms by specific geographic districts. There is no primary election and the general election will be held on August 7, 2014. Five seats are up for election in 2014.[6]

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.[7]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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.[8] The Chattanooga Times Free Press 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.[9][10]

Campaign finance

Candidates had received a total of $19,885.12 and spent a total of $9,484.24 as of June 25, 2014, according to the Hamilton County Election Commission.[11]

In the District 3 race, candidates had 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 had 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 had 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 had 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 had 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 are key deadlines for the Hamilton County School District election in 2014:[7][12]

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 shares 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 shares the ballot with county, municipal and judicial elections.[13]

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