Stephens wins in Special Election

Dalene Stephens is the new District 4 representative on the Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees, defeating Bill Freed in the June 2 special.

Stephens received 195 votes with Freed receiving 124. Of the 1,400 registered voters, 23.1% voted in this special election, which brought the nine-month-long delay over filling the seat to an end.

The special election for the seat, which represents the northwest part of the district and encompasses Wasuma Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary and Oak Creek Intermediate, came about after the boundaries of Area 4 used in the Nov. 4 general election were found to be inaccurate.

In early December, the school board voted unanimously to resolve the issue by holding the special election - a move that, despite winning the election, Stephens supported.

In that election, a total of 936 votes were cast, with Stephens narrowly winning over Freed by just 41 votes. Incumbent David Read was third.

Read, who has continued to serve as the Area 4 representative in the interim, decided to drop his bid for the seat. He then endorsed Stephens, encouraging those that voted for him to vote for her, setting up the one-on-one match-up between Stephens and Freed.

“I want to thank all my supporters, and David Read and Bill Bunnell for their endorsement,” Stephens said. “I’m anxious to get started, to learn, and to help support the students and teachers as best I can.”

Freed did not respond with comments for this story.

- Staff Report