Last week Wallowa County District Attorney Dan Ousley became the first local candidate to file for the May primary election.
Ousley, 60, is starting his 12th year as district attorney and filed to run for his fourth term.
"I enjoy my job and I've enjoyed putting together some of the programs we have now," Ousley said. He mentioned the Wallowa County Drug Court, working with domestic abuse programs such as ForMankind, drug education and the multidisciplinary team dealing with child abuse cases as examples of programs he's involved in, many of them outside the courtroom.
According to Wallowa County Clerk Charlotte McIver, other local positions that will be on the primary ballot include the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners seat now held by Republican Dan DeBoie and the county surveyor position. DeBoie, who is at the beginning of his fourth year as county commissioner, said Monday that he intends to file for re-election. "I have the paperwork at home. I just haven't turned it in yet," he said.
The formation of a Wallowa County recreation district is so far the only local measure on the May ballot, according to McIver. The filing deadline for candidates and ballot measures is March 7.