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Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd/ Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson.

Tennessee State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, will not run for Hamilton County mayor in 2022, he announced Tuesday.

"Nicole and I are humbled and deeply appreciative of the encouragement we've had from our supporters to consider running for Hamilton County mayor," Watson said in a statement. "However, we believe that I can be more effective for my constituents by representing District 11 and continuing to serve in the Tennessee Senate."

Watson's district includes northern Hamilton County.

The announcement comes after Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger last month announced he would not run for re-election.

READ MORE: Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announces he won't seek re-election)

Coppinger, a Republican, has been county mayor since January 2011.

Following the news of Coppinger's decision, Weston Wamp, a Republican and founder of the Millennial Debt Foundation, announced his candidacy. Wamp late last month announced his campaign has raised more than $100,000.

Contact Logan Hullinger at lhullinger@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @LoganHullinger.

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