Many DA elections in Oregon go uncontested
Deschutes County bucks trend
By Claire Withycombe • The Bulletin
Quick — who’s the district attorney?
The answer to that question is more than a trivia tidbit, but many Oregonians don’t cast a vote for district attorney, according to a report released last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
District attorneys have many responsibilities, among them investigating crimes, filing charges and prosecuting cases at trial. There is a district attorney in every county in Oregon, and terms are four years long.
The report found 78 percent of district attorney elections in Oregon since 2004 were uncontested. It also found 17 of the state’s 36 district attorneys initially entered office as a result of gubernatorial appointment after an elected district attorney vacated the seat early…