Hamilton County mayor backs Boyd for governor

News release from Randy Boyd campaign

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announced his full support and endorsement for Randy Boyd in his Republican campaign for governor at a news conference today in Chattanooga. 

“I am pleased to be here today to lend my full support and to officially endorse Randy Boyd in his campaign to be Tennessee’s next Governor,” Mayor Coppinger said. “I worked closely with Randy when he served as our state commissioner of economic and community development – and he has been an incredible partner to Hamilton County – helping us grow thousands of new jobs and millions in new investment to keep our local economy growing,”

“Randy’s leadership, as the architect of the Drive to 55 and the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, demonstrates his commitment to education, workforce development, and in creating greater opportunities for all of our citizens,” Coppinger said.  “No one I know works harder or cares more about getting the job done for the people of Tennessee. I hope everyone in Hamilton County will join me in supporting Randy Boyd as the next governor of our great state.”

Mayor Coppinger, a lifelong resident of Hamilton County, attended the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. His career in public service began with his appointment as Fire Chief for the City of Chattanooga in 1997. Since 2011, he has served as Hamilton County Mayor, where he has consistently worked to promote job growth, economic development, and education.

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of an outstanding leader like Mayor Jim Coppinger,” said Boyd. “We have worked together closely on job creation, education, workforce development, and a variety of other issues. I have seen first-hand his strong and steady leadership in serving the citizens of Hamilton County. And I am grateful for his trust and support.”

Today’s endorsement adds to an unprecedented tally of county and city mayors across Tennessee who have already endorsed Boyd in just a few short months.  Mayor Coppinger is the 92nd mayor to endorse Randy Boyd for Governor since Boyd’s kicked off his statewide campaign in March.

In addition to Mayor Coppinger, several other mayors of Tennessee’s largest counties are supporting Boyd including Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge, as well as several mayors in Southeast Tennessee, including the county mayors in Bradley, Bledsoe, Franklin, Monroe, Rhea, and Sequatchie counties.

A successful entrepreneur, business and philanthropic leader, Boyd is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, which is headquartered in Knoxville. First started out of the back of Boyd’s van, the company today produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG, with more than 700 employees and annual revenues of $400 million.

Boyd previously served in Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as the state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and earlier while serving as the Governor’s Special Advisor on Higher Education was the architect of the state’s Drive to 55 workforce development initiative, and the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise scholarship programs to help more young people go to technical or community college tuition-free.

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