District 1 council candidate Ryan Balius with supporters.

Ryan Balius, who is running for Anaheim City Council from District 1, is off to an impressive start in his campaign.

This is first bid for elected office by Balius, a long-time member of the Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission who is active in the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND). First-time candidates without a deep background in political activism often struggle with a key aspect of running for office: fundraising.  Few people like asking for money, and fundraising is often an area in which otherwise solid candidates fall short.

Balius, however, was able to raise nearly $10,000 in the last part of 2019. That total is more impressive considering he put it together from smaller contributions of $100 to $200 dollars.

By contrast, when current District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes was recruited to run in 2016 by then-Mayor Tom Tait, most of the first $15,000 she raised come from five $1,900 contributions from the Tait family and one of their rich allies.

There are 22,869 registered voters in District 1. In 2016,

Gazing into a bright progressive future.

As of this writing, Barnes, a Republican, has not formed a re-election committee and has not announced whether or not she will seek re-election.  Barnes has steadfastly supported Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s attempts to push a progressive Left policy agenda, and he will presumably endorse her if she seeks re-election.

If she does not, speculation is that North Orange County Community College District Trustee Ed Lopez will run as the District 1 candidate of the Moreno Slate.  Lopez is a long-time left-wing activist who has called for getting rid of California’s tradition of non-partisan local elections and making them partisan in order to facilitate Democrat domination of local government:

“I really don’t like non-partisan local races. This is a blue state and Democrats could do a lot better in getting people elected to school boards and city councils if they saw a “D” after the name on the ballot. When they don’t see and R or a D they don’t really know they’re voting for. So I think we should get rid of that and have partisan local elections.”