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Former Jacksonville Mayor Running For State Senate

A former Jacksonville mayor and Texas Transportation Commisioner is running for the soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat of Todd Staples.

Republican Robert Nichols announced his candidacy Wednesday for Senate District 3.

Nichols served as a city councilman, then mayor of Jacksonville, and in 1997 was appointed by then-Gov. George W. Bush to the Texas Transportation Commission.

"I learned a lot as city councilman and a lot more as mayor. I had no idea until I was mayor of all the issues you deal with. You take that and magnify that many fold when you work with a statewide office like I did with the Transportation Commission."

Nichols serves as a board member for Lon Morris College, East Texas Medical Center, and the Nan Travis Hospital Foundation.

Current Senator Todd Staples is running for Agriculture Commissioner.

Morgan Palmer, reporting.


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