Five candidates have filed papers to run against incumbent Steve Cooley for Los Angeles County district attorney, according to the county's registrar-recorder.
The candidates, who must be lawyers, are environmental attorney Roger Carrick, Head Deputy Dist. Atty. Tom Higgins, Deputy Dist. Atty. Denise Moehlman, former Deputy Dist. Atty. Anthony Patchett and former City Councilman Nick Pacheco. The office is nonpartisan.
Cooley took office as the county's chief prosecutor in December 2000. The primary will be in March.
The deadline for filing was Friday.