CANYON CITY – Voters opted for change in the hotly contested race for Grant County district attorney, electing challenger Jim Carpenter over two-term incumbent Ryan Joslin.
Carpenter got 1,368 votes to Joslin’s 1,009 in the uncertified results from the May 20 election.
“I’m excited about the win,” Carpenter said, “and very appreciative of my supporters.”
The election realizes a dream for Carpenter, who said that throughout his law career he has always wanted to be a district attorney.
Carpenter isn’t scheduled to take office until January, after Joslin’s current term ends.
Carpenter said he would begin making plans to close his law office in John Day, and seek training opportunities for his new post through the Oregon District Attorneys Association.
He said he doesn’t plan any staff changes at the DA’s office, noting he appreciates the abilities and the loyalty the staff has shown for the current district attorney.
“I hope to work with them, and I anticipate we can do good things together,” he said.
Meanwhile, Joslin said his opponent ran an effective campaign, and “I wish him the best of luck as he sets out to accomplish the many goals he has set for himself.”
Joslin said he would focus in the next six months on continued training for the new deputy district attorney, Matt Ipson, who he said would be “a great resource to Mr. Carpenter as he begins the process of learning how to do the job of district attorney.”
Joslin said he also would be available to Carpenter to answer questions and “make the transition as seamless as possible.”
Carpenter said he looks forward to a smooth transition. He also said he has been in touch with other district attorneys he knows and respects, who are willing to advise or mentor him as he learns the ropes.