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Special District

Tuolumne Utilities DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Barbara Balen

11,559 votes (23.39%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure reliable, affordable, water and sewer for the citizens of our county
  • Partner with our County, City and sovereign Tribes to strengthen local control of our water
  • Ensure that fire fighters have easy access to TUD’s gravity-fed, raw water, system during a catastrophic wildfire rather than depending on and drawing down our treated water supply



Profession:Encumbent, TUD Board of Directors
Director, Tuolumne Utilities District — Elected position (2016–current)
District Archaeologist, Interpretive Specialist, Tribal Relations, Stanislaus National Forest (1992–2012)
Director, Tuolumne Utilities District — Elected position (2008–2012)
Board Member, Sierra Waldorf School — Appointed position (2004–2010)
Director, Tuolumne Utilities District — Elected position (2003–2008)
Board Member, Sierra Waldorf School — Appointed position (1992–1999)
Archaeological Technician, Stanislaus National Forest (1976–1992)


Columbia Community College, California State College Stanislaus, Chapman University BA degree and California Clear Teaching Credential (multiple subject), Anthropology concentration in Archaeology (1987)

Community Activities

Board member and past president, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (2003–current)
Member, Friends of the Animal Community (2004–current)
Member, Tuolumne County Historical Society (2000–current)
Secretary, Columbia Area Advisory Council (2014–current)
Chinese Camp School Trustee, Chinese Camp School (1986–1990)

Videos (3)

— October 28, 2020 Jerry Day, Producer, Barbara Balen,Writer

Introduction to Barbara Balen, TUD encumbent. Why I'm running, why I'm committed to protecting our local water, keeping it affordable and reliable and providing easy access to our 70 miles of raw water ditches for fighting catastrophic fire especially during a PG&E outage. 

— October 28, 2020 USFS and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians

A little background on my USFS work in Indigenous Stewardship: Post-fire vegetation management that includes restoring biodiversity


— October 28, 2020 Jerry Day Producer, Barbara Balen, Writer-Editor

The smart uses of TUD and County water resources during PG&E outages, catastrophic fire and post-fire recovery of our community.

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