Janet Testerman Enters Fourth District Knox County Commission Race

Janet Testerman says she wants to help foster the momentum that will develop a viable long-term growth strategy for Knox County and today announced her candidacy for Knox County Commission to help make that vision a reality.

“I am eager to build on our county’s strengths with other devoted and forward-thinking people who are vested in our talent, resources, diversity and culture and excited to promote Knox County to its fullest potential,” she says. Testerman, who works at Scripps Networks Interactive, said she is running for the office because she is the respectable, dedicated and discerning leader District 4 needs.

“This is a crucial time. My experience as a small business owner, years serving as an ambassador for our community and working with one of our county’s largest employers has equipped me with the skill-set to make informed, common sense decisions to better all of Knox County. We need principled leaders serving District 4,” Testerman said.

In 1999, Testerman started Testerman Cooperative Catering, a full-service, off-premise catering company. In 2007, she made the decision to return to her communication roots by launching E.W. Scripps’ custom publication skirt! Magazine as Executive Editor. Later, Testerman also served as Executive Editor of Knoxville Magazine. Testerman’s current role is in Corporate Communications for Scripps Networks Interactive.

Testerman told supporters, “The future of Knox County depends on my generation being not only accountable, but responsible. Our campaign focus is to work hard for not only your vote, but also your trust. We must keep taxes low and spend tax dollars wisely, provide safe neighborhoods, and establish a great long-term action plan for new business and growth that incorporates the county’s infrastructure and maintains quality, well-funded schools. I will work with all community leaders to secure a growing economy and solid foundation for the next generation.”

Testerman is married to Joey Creswell and has two step-daughters. They are members of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public Relations form Southern Methodist University (SMU), and is currently obtaining a Master’s of Arts degree in Strategic Communication from American University in Washington, D.C. Testerman is also involved in numerous community causes; including currently serving as President of the Dogwoods Arts and Vice-Chairman of the Young-Williams Animal Center Board of Directors. She has also served tenure on the boards of Leadership Knoxville, Visit Knoxville, Bijou Theatre and Appalachian Ballet Company, among others.

“I am humbled by the support I have received thus far. I look forward to spending time in the district – talking to voters, listening to their concerns, and developing a realistic, and effective plan to meet their needs.”

*** Testerman will host a campaign kick-off, Tuesday, September 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Bridgewater Place – located at 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville, TN. Donations are appreciated, but not required. All are welcome to attend.

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