Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announced his re-election campaign for a second four-year term Wednesday morning.

In a prepared statement, he said:

I could never imagine when I grew up on our family farm that I would have the true honor to serve as the mayor of one of Tennessee’s leading counties and the absolute privilege to represent some of the finest people in our state. I am asking for the opportunity and honor to continue to serve the residents and voters of Hamilton County.

During his current tenure, Coppinger advocated for public education and workforce development.


He oversees a budget of almost $725 million and more than 1,700 employees.  

Under his leadership, Hamilton County government has consistently featured a balanced budget with a focus on essential services, according to the news release. 

He also said:

My pledge to Hamilton Countians remains to treat each of your tax dollars with care and good stewardship, serve our community to the best of my abilities, and work with our area leaders to create the best place to live, work, play and retire. We’ve worked hard to make our area a chosen location for families and companies. This is why we must continue the work of an effective and efficient government and prepare for more growth.

Coppinger’s remarks highlighted the projected 10,038 new homes to be built in Hamilton County by 2022 and the need for vision and planning.

Coppinger served as a Chattanooga firefighter for 28 years and was appointed as fire chief in 1997. He was elected as Hamilton County commissioner for District 3—which includes Hixson, Middle Valley and Lakesite—and served from 2006 through 2011 before being appointed mayor in January 2011.

Coppinger won re-election with almost 82 percent of votes cast in August 2014, according to a news release. 

He is married to Nina Coppinger and was locally educated at Hixson High School, Chattanooga State Community College and UTC. 

The Republican primary election will be held May 1, and the general county election is set for Aug. 2.