Even though the general filing deadline had passed, last week a candidate decided to take advantage of the upcoming filing deadline for independent candidates to change the position he will be running for this year.
Todd County attorney Jason Petrie was one of the first candidates to file with the state Secretary of State’s office last year to run for District Judge - the position that will not have an incumbent candidate since sitting judge Sue Carol Browning announced that she would not seek another term.
He was set to run against Assistant Logan County Attorney Ken Williams and another Todd County lawyer, Nancy Calloway, for district judge, but last week withdrew from that race and refiled to run for state representative Martha Jane King for that position.
King, who has filed to run for a fourth term, was set to run unopposed before Petrie filed as an independent last week.
This will be the first time King has ran against an independent candidate. The past three elections, she has had only a Republican challenger.
King and Petrie will be on the ballot in the November general election.
There is still time for any independent candidates to file to run for office. The deadline is April 1 at 4 p.m.