Hamilton County Mayor Coppinger says he has no intention of stepping down, not ruling out 2022 reelection bid

Hell, I like this guy…..


NASHVILLE — Rumblings to the contrary, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger says he fully intends to serve out the remaining three years in his current term.

And, the Republican mayor said Monday, if “God blesses me with good health” and he retains the requisite “fire in the belly” he “absolutely” could offer himself up to voters again in 2022.

“And that’s where I am right now. I’ve still got fire in the belly,” Coppinger said in a Times Free Press interview Monday.

The Times Free Press contacted the mayor, who was easily reelected in 2018 to a third term, amid talk in county GOP political circles that he would not serve out the remaining years of his four-year term.

Last weekend, that led to Coppinger to tell an audience at a Soddy-Daisy firehall breakfast that he was not stepping down.

Coppinger said he’s “not going anywhere. You know, people that want to run always try to flush out and see what you’re going to do.”

On whether he would run for a fourth term in 2022, Coppinger noted, “the people make the decisions as to who’s going to serve. I’ve been very fortunate that people have shown that confidence.”

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