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Lane County DA race contested for first time since year 2000

Clayton Tullos (right) announced Monday he’s running for the district attorney position against Patty Perlow in the May election.

EUGENE, Ore. - For the first time in 16 years, there's a challenger for the Lane County District Attorney position. In May, Clayton Tullos will put his name on the ballot to run against current District Attorney Patty Perlow.

Tullos announced Monday he's running for the position.

Tullos is a former City of Springfield prosecutor, a local attorney, and a University of Oregon Alumnus. He has both prosecution and defense experience.

Tullos says he will bring a new and fresh perspective to the DA's Office in Lane County.

"I'm all about public trust and openness and improving efficiencies in the system," Tullos said.

Perlow was appointed as district attorney by Gov. Brown when Alex Gardner announced his resignation eight months ago. Perlow has 26 years of prosecutorial experience.

"This has been my home for the last 26 years. I grew up in this office," Perlow said.

Tullos looks forward to making some changes.

"Nothing has really changed that much in that time period. And you know we can do better, and I plan on doing better," Tullos said.

Tullos said the DA's Office needs to handle more meth and heroin cases.

In response, Perlow said her office has actively prosecuted those cases.

"Filed 871 possession of meth or possession of heroin cases since August 1st that wouldn't have been filed before," she said.

Perlow said in her eight months, she's worked on getting at-risk kids in homes, a drug court and veteran's court program, and more.

"So this is an opportunity to go out and let the public know again what we're doing here. What I've been doing since August," Perlow said.

The District Attorney's Office is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes in Lane County Circuit Court including criminal, family, juvenile, medical examiner, and victim services.EUGENE, Ore. - For the first time in 16 years, there's a challenger for the Lane County District Attorney position. In May, Clayton Tullos will put his name on the ballot to run against current District Attorney Patty Perlow.

Tullos announced Monday he's running for the position.

Tullos is a former City of Springfield prosecutor, a local attorney, and a University of Oregon Alumnus. He has both prosecution and defense experience.

Tullos says he will bring a new and fresh perspective to the DA's Office in Lane County.

"I'm all about public trust and openness and improving efficiencies in the system," Tullos said.

Perlow was appointed as district attorney by Gov. Brown when Alex Gardner announced his resignation eight months ago. Perlow has 26 years of prosecutorial experience.

"This has been my home for the last 26 years. I grew up in this office," Perlow said.

Tullos looks forward to making some changes.

"Nothing has really changed that much in that time period. And you know we can do better, and I plan on doing better," Tullos said.

Tullos said the DA's Office needs to handle more meth and heroin cases.

In response, Perlow said her office has actively prosecuted those cases.

"Filed 871 possession of meth or possession of heroin cases since August 1st that wouldn't have been filed before," she said.

Perlow said in her eight months, she's worked on getting at-risk kids in homes, a drug court and veteran's court program, and more.

"So this is an opportunity to go out and let the public know again what we're doing here. What I've been doing since August," Perlow said.

The District Attorney's Office is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes in Lane County Circuit Court including criminal, family, juvenile, medical examiner, and victim services.

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