JOHN DAY – Saying it's time for a change, local attorney Jim Carpenter has filed to challenge District Attorney Ryan Joslin in the May primary election.

The race pits former law partners against each other for the nonpartisan position.

Carpenter filed this week with the state Elections Division.

Joslin filed for re-election last October.

Carpenter has been an attorney in the local area for 14 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, and a law degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Joslin, in his second term as district attorney, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, and a law degree from the UO School of Law.

Joslin defeated Carpenter in his first run for district attorney in 2006. He was unopposed for re-election in 2010.

The filing deadline for the primary is Tuesday, March 11. Candidates for district attorney must file with the state elections division.

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