CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger is now appearing solo on the airwaves and cable in his first-ever campaign ads.

The $104,000 ad buy helped drain about half of the $200,000-plus he's raised since embarking last fall on his quest to defend his interim appointment as county mayor. The ads will "be running up until election day in three weeks," Coppinger said Tuesday.

Though the ads appeared Monday on the four local television affiliates and cable, the expenditure appeared in disclosures filed to the Hamilton County Election Commission by Tuesday's deadline. Coppinger, a Republican, and Chattanooga mayor hopeful Andy Berke raked in the most cash this quarter -- Coppinger with $95,642 and Berke with $272,050, according to the forms.

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