Republican Heidi Ganahl launches Colorado gubernatorial campaign

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FILE – In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo Heidi Ganahl gives a thumbs up after winning CU Regent at the Colorado Republican election night party, in Greenwood Village, Colo. Ganahl, an entrepreneur and University of Colorado regent, formally launched a longshot campaign Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2021, to challenge Gov. Jared Polis’ re-election bid next year, citing crime and the cost of living as two of her campaign issues. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, file)

MONUMENT |  Republican Heidi Ganahl, an entrepreneur and University of Colorado regent, formally launched a longshot campaign Tuesday to challenge Gov. Jared Polis’ re-election bid next year, citing crime and the cost of living as two of her campaign issues.

Ganahl is the second prominent Republican to announce a gubernatorial bid. Former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez is running for the GOP nomination after mounting an unsuccessful campaign in 2018.

Ganahl launched a multi-city tour after her campaign announcement at a diner in Monument.

As a CU regent, she is the only Republican to hold statewide office. As an entrepreneur, she created Camp Bow Wow, a dog day care chain that became a $140 million brand, The Colorado Sun reports. She sold the company in 2014.

Polis, a tech entrepreneur, education advocate and former U.S. congressman, won his first term in 2018, defeating then-state Treasurer Walker Stapleton.

Bill Owens was the last Republican governor in Colorado, serving from 1999 to 2007. The state has trended increasingly Democrat in recent years, and Democrats currently control the legislature and every state office save Ganahl’s lone regents position.

 

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Joe Felice
Joe Felice
8 days ago

Anyone who believes she can do anything about crime and cost of living is a fool. Of course, every candidate will say those things in the run-up to an election, and the less-seasoned and the more politically inept will believe the lies. Why not just say they are going to cure COVID and solve homelessness while they’re at it? And then sit back and watch as not-a-single one of the problems gets solved while they argue their way through their fantasies. The vast majority of our problems have their beginnings deeper in our societal dysfunction. I’d sooner hear someone who knows that we need to deal with the family unit, mental health and the schools if we have any chance of curing our modern-day ills.

We’ll have to keep our eyes out for this one and her other yet-to-be-unfulfilled promises. Her remark about that man on meth is quixotic. It’s good to know she has experience in the meth regard, however.

Gov. Polis has been doing such-a-good job that I don’t see anyone who can defeat him. I certainly hope that this woman isn’t the best that republicans have to offer. But on the other hand, who is left in the republican party who doesn’t have their noses up that man’s ass? This is going to prove to be the death knell for republicans, who should be busy reinventing themselves as pertinent. It’s almost fun to watch them destroy themselves, though the process is slow, painful to witness and troublesome to true Americans.