Stephens announces campaign

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Stephens announces campaignWith a second candidate announcement and closure of the campaign filing period earlier this week, the race for Kern County 1st District Supervisor is set to be decided on the March Primary Ballot.

At last month’s Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce luncheon, current Supervisor Mick Gleason introduced his district director, Bakersfield-based Phillip Peters, as his “succession plan” following Gleason’s impending retirement from the board.

On Tuesday, retired sheriff deputy Daures Stephens — who ran against Gleason in 2012 — announced that he will be running as well.

The Kern County Elections Division confirmed that Stephens and Peters are the only two candidates who have qualified for the race.

Stephens introduced himself as a former resident, having moved to Ridgecrest in 1973. He now lives in the Kern River Valley area, where he owns and operates South Lake Cycle.

“Let me explain how important getting involved with youth can be,” he said. “I was a lost child in high school.”

After a police officer serving at that time called his home, Stephens got involved in the Ridgecrest Police Department Explorers program. “Me and five other guys were the first Explorers,” he said.

From there, Stephens attended an academy in Coronado. He was so inspired by his drill instructor, he decided to go into law enforcement. He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1981, joined the Marines in 1982 and serving in the military police as a marksmanship instructor.

He was hired by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 and moved back to Ridgecrest in 1987. After 14 years working as a deputy, he was promoted to senior deputy and moved to KRV.

“What I’m saying is, one phone call started the chain of events for me to be in front of you today.” He introduced his wife, Lisa, who is also an alum of BHS and is a director on the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation.

“My roots are deep here in Ridgecrest,” said Stephens. “I want to be your supervisor. I will make sure your representation is local. I’m not very far away!”

Pictured: Daures Stephens (right) is pictured with Roger Young, a retired peace officer and current manager of Arrowhead Mobilehome Park, during this week’s chamber meeting. - Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2019-12-13