Heidi Ganahl, the one Republican to carry a statewide elected workplace, filed Friday as a candidate for governor, according to the Secretary of State’s website.
Ganahl is an entrepreneur who based the pet care service Camp Bow Wow and presently serves as a College of Colorado regent.
She told Colorado Politics she is making an “announcement” Tuesday in Monument, however didn’t specify what she’d say. The submitting exhibits a “Heidi for Governor” candidate committee, which is the finance arm of a marketing campaign.
Ganahl declined to remark additional on her candidacy to a Denver Submit reporter on the CU Board of Regents assembly Friday. She did say, nonetheless, that she intends to proceed in her position as a regent.
The Douglas County resident has long been preparing for a run, penning common columns within the Colorado Springs Gazette that take purpose on the Democratic management and internet hosting a statewide podcast program.
Republican leaders have instructed The Submit they count on Ganahl gained’t have a severe major opponent on her path to problem incumbent Democratic Gov. Jared Polis in November 2022.
“I can not think about that anybody else would amass the gravitas that she’d have going into that,” Home Minority Chief Hugh McKean mentioned.
GOP state Sen. Paul Lundeen of Monument, the place Ganahl lived as a baby, mentioned he’s excited to have a “hometown hero” within the race. He mentioned he expects she’s going to run on public security, college selection and making Colorado extra inexpensive.
Ought to Ganahl win, she can be Colorado’s first feminine governor. Colorado is one among simply 5 states to by no means have elected a lady as a U.S. senator or governor.
However Polis is understood for spending extravagantly to win and defend his political seats. Add his incumbent standing, polling reputation and voter-registration benefit in an more and more blue state, and he’ll be powerful to beat. Ganahl acknowledged that this summer time when she instructed The Submit that operating in opposition to Polis is a “moonshot.”
Republicans are at their post-World Battle II electoral nadir in Colorado, controlling zero statewide places of work and neither chamber of the legislature. However they’ve struggled within the gubernatorial contest for many years, nicely earlier than Colorado’s latest shift to the left. Invoice Owens is the one Republican since 1975 to be elected governor.
Denver Submit reporter Bruce Finley contributed.