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DA Poyner files for re-election
The longest sitting district attorney in the state is planning on spending at least four more years in that capacity.
John Poyner, who has been with Colusa County for the past 30 years, officially filed for re-election on Thursday. Poyner came to Colusa County in 1984, served as acting district attorney in 1985, and was elected to the position for the first time in 1986. Thirty years later, he still loves what he is doing for a living.
"I never thought I would be the senior statesman when I started out, I can tell you that. I still like the job, and my health is still good," Poyner said. "You know, I like working. I like doing this."
One thing that Poyner indicated was on his agenda for his next term is establishing a Gang Prosecution Investigation Unit.
"Sadly, we've got that problem, and we need to address it as soon as possible," Poyner said. "We've already started doing more gang enhancements. It works as a strike, increases the sentences ... I'm looking forward to working with the two police departments and the sheriff's office. We need to nip this problem in the bud."
Poyner said that over the years, he has had some challenging cases and anticipates more are yet to come. The three cases that stand out foremost in his memory are the Ramazzini murder in 1997, the 2008 bus crash that killed 11 people and landed then 53-year-old bus driver Quintin Watts in prison, and more recently, the Paul Moore bombing/murder case.
"Some of the cases I've had ... It's weird; you don't think you would have those in Colusa County," Poyner said.