State Senate District 3 race overview

AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) – "This is not just another election," says Tammy Blair, Republican candidate for the State Senate District 3 race.

Blair is hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Robert Nichols.

Nichols was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2006.  He serves as vice chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, member of the Transportation and Homeland Security, Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, and Nominations Committees.  Last year he was appointed to the influential Sunset Advisory Commission. "Every morning when I get up, all I think about is how to make Texas a better place to be," said Nichols.

"It's about principles, not politics," is Blair's campaign motto.  Blair says it is time for new leadership because current lawmakers are ineffective.  Some of her goals are to defend Natural Law and the Constitution, defend civil rights, protect a state's right to decide its education policy, conserve and protect the environment.

Nichols' goals include addressing and finding new solutions to solve school funding inequities, protecting and preserving the water supply, and more fiscal responsibility.

Both candidates are vying for newly redrawn Senate District 3 which now encompasses 19 counties, including more than 100 school districts.

Early voting in the May 29 Primary runs through May 25.  The Primary Election is May 29.  There is no Democratic nominee.

Hear more from the candidates in special reports on KTRE's East Texas News at 5 and10 p.m. on May 23.  Then read their candidate profile here at under the '2012 Your Voice, Your Vote' banner to learn more.

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