Former Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald took advantage of the extended candidate filing period to get in the race for the 27th Congressional district. He formally filed Friday.

McDonald, who is a Democrat, served as Bastrop County Judge for 13 years. He became well known to people outside of Bastrop, when he delivered daily briefings during the Bastrop wildfires.

McDonald resigned from that post Monday. At that time, he said he was eyeing either a run for US Congress or a seat in the State House.

Friday is the deadline for candidates to file for the May 29 primary election. The filing period re-opened Monday, so candidates could react to new interim redistricting maps issued by a federal court in San Antonio.

Some candidates were waiting to file until the district lines were set. Others had to change districts based on changes to the maps.