Reviews | Heidi Ganahl: Falling gas prices, law and order, education tops the list

Heidi Ganahl
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I am a mother of four children, ages 10 to 26, and the wife of a cook and barbecue restaurateur. After my first husband died, I pitched an idea he and I came up with called Camp BowWow. This small company grew into hundreds of franchises across the United States, became a $150 million brand, and made the Inc. 500/5000 list five years in a row.

As regent of the University of Colorado, I am Colorado’s only statewide elected Republican. I led the fight for the protection of TABOR, says No On Prop CC, as well as the fight for the electoral college.

I am passionate about giving back and have founded several non-profit organizations including the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, Moms Fight Back and the Fight Back Foundation.

Priority #1

Colorado is at a crossroads. The problems we face are not insurmountable. The solution lies in who we choose to bring our state back to the Colorado way of life we ​​know, love, and all need.

Since I launched my candidacy for governor, my message has been clear: we must reduce gas prices and our cost of living, deal with our skyrocketing crime rates, and to our failing schools. The cost of living in Colorado is 9.1%, the rest of the country is 8.5%. To reduce record gas prices and inflation, we need to get our energy workers back to work, downsize our bloated government, reduce regulation, and cut taxes that our current leaders call “fees.” I believe in a holistic energy approach that encourages advancements in renewable energy, but not at the expense of our state’s vast natural resources. We need to unlock our energy potential by reducing burdensome regulations and permitting processes. Pump pain is felt by every family in our state. We need to reduce the gas tax permanently and use the money generated by these taxes to fix our roads instead of funding green energy projects.

People are tired of mandates on their businesses, their families and their children. I’m showing up to give control back to the people of Colorado. I want to be their voice and bring us back to the Colorado we love.

Priority #2

As governor, I will put the law in order in our state. Day one, I’ll fire the parole board appointed by Jared Polis. I will appoint members who will enforce the penalties to keep our streets safe. We will strive to help convicted people reform their lives, but violent repeat offenders will face serious consequences. Our policies will not focus solely on offenders. I am the daughter of a policeman. We will reallocate resources to better fund law enforcement, fill vacancies in our police ranks, and support the training they seek.

The resources I will allocate will improve law enforcement training and build better community relations. In 2019, Colorado’s violent crime rate increased nearly double the national rate and now sits slightly above the national rate. This is the highest since 1995.

Priority #3

I am a mom on a mission. The education and protection of our children is a top priority. I led Colorado’s freedom struggle in the most liberal place in Colorado – the University of Colorado. As regent, I passed free speech legislation, removed safe spaces on campuses, fought to keep tuition flat, and put civics back on the curriculum. I will use the same passion and dedication to fix our K-12 education system. As a parent, I was a founding member of two charter schools. We need real school choice to ensure that 60% of our children no longer read below grade level. We need transparency in the curriculum that lets parents know how and what their children are learning. If we fund the student, not the system, parents will have the choice to find a better solution because each child learns differently. These solutions can be a different public school, a charter school, a private school, a micro school, an online school or a home school. Every child learns differently, and we have to adapt and adapt to that.

Heidi Ganahl is a Republican candidate for governor of Colorado. His opponent, Greg Lopez, did not return a media request for a column.


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