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Stand-up comedian joins Bakersfield City Council race

The race to replace retiring Bakersfield City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan just got a little more crowded. 

Titus Stevens, a stand-up comedian, filed to run for the 6th Ward seat – which covers parts of southwest Bakersfield – joining three others vying for the spot. 

Stevens used to work as a telephone technician and repairman and told KGET that he wants to be more involved in promoting change. 

“I felt it was time to step up and just be a part of the conversation instead of complaining on the sideline,” Stevens told KGET. “I’m willing to fight for you. I’m willing to listen to you, create economic growth and also safety.” 

In June, Sullivan, Bakersfield’s longest-serving city councilmember, announced that she is retiring after representing Ward 6 for 25 years. 

The three candidates who have already announced their candidacy are Gregory Tatum, Patty Grey and Jesse Quijada. 

Tatum is currently the pastor at Change Community Church in downtown Bakersfield and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in the March 2020 primary. 

Gray, a small business owner, has run local remodeling company DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen along with her husband for 17 years. 

Quijada, the youngest candidate at 21 years old, is a medical student who works as a registered medical assistant.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at