JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Democratic congressman in south Mississippi is running as a Republican this year to try to reclaim the seat he lost in 2010.
Gene Taylor filed qualifying papers Friday at the state Republican Party headquarters in Jackson.
In the June 3 primary, he's challenging the Republican who knocked him out of office, Steven Palazzo.
Taylor says that despite his new party label, he's the same person he's always been. He says Washington is too divided and he wants to change that.
Palazzo issued a brief statement saying: "It took 25 years for my former Democrat opponent to make it into a Republican primary, and I welcome him to it."
Taylor says that when people request help, he never asks their party affiliation. He went to Congress in 1989.
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