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David Testerman

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David Testerman
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Board member, Hamilton County Board of Education, District 8
Term ends
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedAugust 5, 2010
Next generalAugust 7, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTennessee Temple University
Master'sTennessee Technical University
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David Testerman is the District 8 member of the Hamilton County Board of Education in Tennessee. He is running for re-election in a 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.



See also: Hamilton County School District elections (2014)


The general election in Hamilton County features five seats up for election on August 7, 2014. Greg Martin is seeking re-election in District 3 against Jim Watson. The District 5 race includes newcomers Richard K. Bennett, Samuel Blakemore, Patrick D. Hampton, Karitsa Mosley, Cynthia Stanley-Cash, Jacqueline A. Thomas and Yashika Ward. Incumbent Joe Galloway faces newcomers Oscar Brock and C. Ballard Scearce, Jr. in District 6. The District 8 race features incumbent David Testerman and challenger Samevelyn Morgan Rock. Newcomers Karen Farrow, Steve Highlander, Larry Lewis, Dean Moorhouse and Tim White are competing for the District 9 seat.

Since a majority of the seats on the board are up for election, the governing majority of the board may shift as a result of this election.


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 as of June 25, 2014. [1]


Testerman has received endorsements from the Hamilton County Education Association and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.[2][3]


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.[4]

Tennessee State Senate, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrae McGary 61.6% 4,302
David Testerman 24.4% 1,705
Quenston Coleman 14% 979
Total Votes 6,986


Hamilton County School District, District 8 General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Testerman 40.3% 1,691
     Nonpartisan Dean Arnold 38.9% 1,632
     Nonpartisan Andrew "Andy" Mullin 20% 839
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 29
Total Votes 4,191
Source: Hamilton County, TN - Election Commission, "Election Archives," accessed June 25, 2014

Campaign themes


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."[5]

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.[6] Hamilton County School District is the fourth-largest school district in Tennessee, serving 43,296 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
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[8]
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.[9]

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