District 1: Council Candidate Ryan Balius Off To Impressive Start

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.”


  1. Nope. Not impressed with Ryan one bit.

    Not. One. Bit.

    • Ryan knows District 1 and its potential, and will actually represent our neighborhood’s best interests. What a welcome change of representation that would be!

    • Cornell Pintilie

      Why you are not impress with Ryan give me proof not just words . We are tired hear nice words , but behind our back is selling g Anaheim or California to corrupt politicians

  2. Maybe obvious question but has to be asked…Does he live in District 1?

  3. I backed miss Barnes when ran the first time and have sorley regretted it since. She is a rino who has done nothing to improve West Anaheim. Aligning herself with the socialist left Moreno has rendered her ineffective as a council member. I have received nothing but whining excuses on why she can’t get any cooperation on the council. Perhaps it is because she would rather be puppet for the socialist agenda of Moreno

    • David Michael Klawe

      K McCarthy, I think Councilmember Barnes lost the cooperation of the City Council and Mayor when in April of 2019, she called them racist, and has NEVER even tried to give a real apology.

      The Anaheim Blog wrote a piece on April 26th, 2019 titled “Denise Barnes and Jose F. Moreno Play The Race Card”.

      >>Indiscriminately accusing political opponents of being racists – especially as a substitute for argument – has become a hallmark of the contemporary progressive Left. Last week, District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes decided it was her turn to play the race card by accusing members of the council majority – Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Councilmembers Jordan Brandman, Steve Faessel and Trevor O’Neil – of being “racists.”

      “Mr. Mayor, I’m getting the distinct impression that every time Jose and I vote, that this is getting quite…quite racist,” Barnes charged.<<

      I was in attendance that night, and was shocked that she claimed this. To be, it felt setup and pre-planned, especially the way Dr. Moreno responded.

      But she clearly alienated herself that night. Who would want to work with someone who called you that to your face, in public?

      It is clear that based on the Councilpersons record, and her problems understanding things, like recently, how a Placeholder Budget works, (If she didn't know, she had a few days to be educated behind the scenes by her staff, or the city staff), that District 1 needs new representation.

      Just go back to the first two years of her term. She hardly ever spoke at council meetings. She sat to the left side of Mayor Tait, who often would lean over before a vote, to help guide her.

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