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David Testerman
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Board member, Hamilton County Board of Education, District 8
Term ends
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 7, 2014
First electedAugust 5, 2010
Next general2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTennessee Temple University
Master'sTennessee Technical University
ProfessionRetired educator
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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.[1]



See also: Hamilton County School District elections (2014)


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Testerman Incumbent 77.4% 3,545
     Nonpartisan Samevelyn Morgan Rock 22% 1,005
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 28
Total Votes 4,578
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. [2]


Testerman received endorsements from the Hamilton County Education Association, the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga Free Press.[3][4][5]


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.[6]

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."[7]

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.[8] In the 2011-2012 school year, Hamilton County School District was the fourth-largest school district in Tennessee and served 43,296 students.[9]


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.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2013[8]
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[10]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[11][12]

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