Jesse White didn't stay out of politics for long.
Mr. White, ousted from his seat in the state House last year, will seek nominations to serve as a district judge covering Mt. Pleasant, Robinson, McDonald and his hometown of Cecil. Mr. White, 36, has cross-filed to appear on Democratic and Republican ballots in May's primary election.
Mr. White served four terms as a Democratic state representative, but he lost a challenge in November to newcomer Jason Ortitay, a Republican. The loss was the Mr. White's first election following a controversy in 2013, when it was revealed that he had been impersonating other people on social media sites to take on political rivals.
And things haven't been quiet for Mr. White since the loss. Earlier this month, he was sued in Washington County Court by his mother, Sharlene Watazychyn, who claimed that Mr. White racked up debts totaling $28,000 on a credit card he used her name to obtain. In response, Mr. White said his mother filed false claims because she was upset over not being permitted to see her grandson.
On a website touting his candidacy, Mr. White said his court would offer evening hours and be respectful to all. In a statement, he also said he would work with local law enforcement to get a grip on drug problems in the community.
"As a legislator, it was no secret that I often shown my passionate and aggressive side while fighting for my constituents and community," Mr. White said. "However, I understand that a judicial role requires a different and more measured approach, which is what I plan to bring into the courtroom every single day. My courtroom will be one of respect, fairness and justice, with no strings attached."