State Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, and State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, both filed for re-election with the Texas Republican Party on Monday’s opening day of the filing period.

Nichols, a Jacksonville businessman, has been in office since succeeding former State Senator Todd Staples in 2007 and represents District 3 which includes Anderson and Cherokee counties, in addition to part of Smith County, and spans southward to include part of Montgomery County.

Cook, a Corsicana businessman who was first elected to the Texas House in 2002, meanwhile, represents District 8 which includes Anderson, Navarro, Freestone and Limestone counties.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, the state’s Republican and Democratic party websites did not list any other filers in either the District 3 Senate race or the District 8 House race.

Prospective candidates in county and state races have until 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 to formally file their paperwork to run in next year’s elections.

The party primary elections are scheduled for March 6, while next year’s general election will be on Nov. 6.

Anderson County offices on next year’s ballot include sheriff; tax assessor/collector; commissioner precincts 1 and 3; constable precincts 1 through 4; and political party chairmanships.

Third State District Judge Mark Calhoon and 349th State District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher, who both sit in Anderson County, are also up for re-election during the upcoming cycle.

Persons wishing to file in a county race as a Republican should contact 903-729-3289, while those wishing to file as a Democrat should call 903-922-3519.

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