Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell to seek 4th term |

Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell to seek 4th term

Cliff Newell said Wednesday he is “absolutely” running for re-election next year as Nevada County district attorney.

Newell, 60, will run for his fourth term as the county’s top prosecutor. This month he transferred $50,000 of his own money to the Committee to Re-elect Cliff Newell, 2018.

“I had the money available in a savings account and I wanted to make it clear I was running again,” Newell said.

“I fully believe in what this office does,” he added.

No other candidate has publicly announced a run for the office.

As district attorney, Newell said he’s developed the ability to work with various county departments and the state. He wants to continue working with those departments as changes are implemented in California’s criminal justice system.

“People want a more holistic approach to the criminal justice system,” he added.

Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use for adults, is only a small piece of a larger puzzle, Newell said. He’s more focused on providing assistance to the mentally ill.

“And not just dealing with them when we get them in jail,” he added.

“You need case supervisors, case management people,” Newell said later of a funding application he’s made. “You need bed space for transitional living. All these things are cost based.”

The district attorney position is non-partisan. Newell must advance through the primary and win the general election in 2018 to maintain the job.

The campaign season remains in its infancy, though Newell isn’t the first to openly declare for local office.

John Foster, former Grass Valley police chief, said in December he would run for sheriff. No other candidate has yet to openly declare for that position.

Sheriff Keith Royal has said he intends to retire at the end of his term.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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