Matt Hullander enters 2022 Hamilton County mayoral race

Staff Photo by Logan Hullinger / Matt Hullander announced his candidacy for mayor of Hamilton County on the courthouse steps on Friday.

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.