BEAUMONT -- Former U.S. Congressman Nick Lampson just filed to run as a Democrat for Jefferson County judge, KFDM/Fox 4 has learned.
The deadline to file was 6 p.m. Lampson will not face an opponent in the primary, but is challenging Republican incumbent Jeff Branick in next November's general election.
Lampson is not new to Jefferson County politics. He served 19 years as the county's tax assessor-collector before resigning to run for Congress. He served almost 10 years as a U.S. representative from 1997 until 2005.
Lampson currently serves as vice president of operations for Riceland Healthcare.
Branick has been Jefferson County judge since 2010. He's run twice unopposed and this year, he switched political parties from Democrat to Republican.