Matt Hullander, former CEO of the home improvement company HullCo, has entered the race for Hamilton County mayor in 2022, he announced Friday.
Mayor Jim Coppinger, R-Hixson, announced last month he would not seek re-election.
"I think Jim Coppinger has done a great job, and I'll have big shoes to fill," said Hullander, 48, a Republican who lives in Chattanooga.
Matt Hullander is the son of Hamilton County Trustee Bill Hullander.
Matt Hullander, who described himself as a conservative with Christian values, said he has wanted to run for mayor for years but hadn't had the time.
Policy details were limited at his announcement - Hullander said he plans to hold a more in-depth news conference in December - but he outlined several priorities.