Fighting for Colorado
Heidi is dedicated to fighting for Colorado and our Colorado way of life. Heidi’s priorities are clear: providing a better future for our kids and lowering both the cost of living and the soaring crime rate in our state. You can learn more about how Heidi plans to do that below:
Crime, chaos are overtaking Colorado
“The NextDoor dings on my phone have been more frequent this year. The swoosh of my Ring app joins the occasion. These high-tech versions of the old 'neighborhood watch' can raise our awareness, but also our blood pressure.”
Our current policy makers crave control
“First, Colorado got steamrolled by the COVID-19 pandemic, then the COVID-19 recession. But now, as we all try to get back on our feet, we’re about to get steamrolled again — this time politically, by arrogant politicians who control all the levers of power right now at the state Capitol.”
Why cut Colorado’s investment in its future leaders?
"There are a few things that have brought people together in the pandemic, one of which is dissecting with friends what series you’ve been late-night binge watching. ‘Tiger King,’ ‘Ozark,’ ‘The Crown,’ and my personal favorite, ‘Cobra Kai.’"
We need leaders who work ‘in the sunshine’
“I believe transparency in government is key to restoring our nation’s faith in its elected leaders. James Madison said ‘A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both.’”
Colorado health care saved us; let’s save it, too
“Miracles happen, right here in Colorado. I should know. Several months ago, amidst COVID quarantining, regent zoom calls, and running my recently launched start up, I got a nagging headache behind my ear. The dentist was convinced it would be solved with a root canal (wait, wasn’t all of 2020 a root canal?), and the chiropractor felt it would fade with an adjustment.”
State government and its CEO are failing us
“I get it, it’s hard to keep up with the news these days. But some stories are too important to let slide. And this is one. In late June, Ben Markus at Colorado Public Radio reported a nursing home scandal — not in New York but right here in Colorado.”
Let us be the voice for Afghanistan’s women
“I’ve felt deep, deep sadness this week for the 19 million women and girls across the earth in Afghanistan. Eleven million women in America head back to college in the coming weeks and 144 women sit in our U.S. Capitol leading our country.”
Colorado’s leading indicators point to challenges
“Earlier this week, in a listing of top states for business, CNBC ranked Colorado eighth. Colorado received accolades for our tech-savvy workforce. In fact, our second-highest-rated workforce weighted our score high enough to catapult us into the top two.”
Empowering Young Women Through Social Entrepreneurship
“Heidi Ganahl (MA 1999) has a lot of powerful messages, especially for young women, but perhaps the most powerful message this serial entrepreneur wants young people to know is that it’s okay not to know.”
Colorado drops out of the jobs race
“This week Douglas County was named one of the healthiest counties in America. Headlines across Colorado and the nation touted the ranking by US News and World Report. I love seeing stories like this.”
‘Rescue’ puppy mills betray dog-loving public
“After the pandemic puppy rush of 2020, our shelters and rescues are full again. And there is a dirty little secret that’s not so secret in the animal-rescue community about why it’s happening. It’s nicknamed “retail rescue.”
Empower students – lower the cost of college
“These days, it’s hard to have a genuine, comprehensive conversation about how best to solve problems plaguing our state and country. Then, things often get 'wonky' when you actually try to explain your ideas."
The promise of college has fallen flat
“If you live and work in Colorado, America’s eighth-most expensive state to live in, you typically need a college degree to get by. Seventy-four percent of all jobs here require it. Colorado is also one of the most expensive to get that degree.”
Refocus public ed on what matters for kids
“My family didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, but I got a lot of love, encouragement and inspiration. I also got a good education because my folks were willing to sacrifice to make that happen."
Healing by looking outward, giving back
“I spend a lot of time with young people in my role as a regent at CU, and as the head of SheFactor, a company I founded with my oldest daughter to help young women launch a life they love. Young people are hurting right now."
The Energy Strong Podcast w/ Heidi Ganahl
I believe an all-of-the-above energy solution is KEY to creating affordable energy for ALL of Colorado. Listen to my conversation with Energy Strong about how I think innovation is the answer to protecting our beautiful Colorado lands AND supplying affordable energy.
Trust us to look out for each other
“Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the chance to visit some of the most beautiful and unique towns in Colorado. We’ve been towing the Heidi’s Colorful Colorado podcast trailer, which I affectionately call Betty Jean, after my late adventurous grandma.”
Keep those mountaintops top of mind
“A lot of new folks are moving to our beautiful state, for good reason. The gorgeous landscape, the aerospace, tech and outdoor industries, the skiing, the biking, hiking, the can-do attitude of the people here. But as I talk to more and more of our new residents, I find myself yearning to tell them about our heart. About what’s beneath the beauty they see with their eyes.“