Fighting for Colorado

I am dedicated to fighting for Colorado and our Colorado way of life. My 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 I plan to do that below:

SAFETY

Crime, chaos are overtaking Colorado

Crime, chaos are overtaking Colorado

August 16, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty cool to know what’s going on where you live…”

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Our current policy makers crave control

Our current policy makers crave control

May 24, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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.”

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Why cut Colorado’s investment in its future leaders?

Why cut Colorado’s investment in its future leaders?

March 8, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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.”

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We need leaders who work ‘in the sunshine’

We need leaders who work ‘in the sunshine’

February 22, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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.’”

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Colorado health care saved us; let’s save it, too

Colorado health care saved us; let’s save it, too

January 11, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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…”

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COLORADO FREEDOM

https://denvergazette.com/opinion/columns/column-let-us-be-the-voice-for-afghanistan-s-women/article_581a44b3-d3b3-5519-ae45-0310594d50e7.html

Let us be the voice for Afghanistan’s women

August 10, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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…”

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State government and its CEO are failing us

State government and its CEO are failing us

August 24, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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…”

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Colorado’s leading indicators point to challenges

Colorado’s leading indicators point to challenges

July 19, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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…”

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Colorado drops out of the jobs race

Colorado drops out of the jobs race

July 5, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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..”

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Give us back control of our lives

Give us back control of our lives

June 21, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“’Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more. ‘ 

Two different presidents, Abraham Lincoln, and 160 years later in 2012, Barack Obama quoting him, recognized what most of us view as true.”

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Empowering Young Women Through Social Entrepreneurship

Empowering Young Women Through Social Entrepreneurship

June 18, 2021, The University of Denver – Daniels College of Business

“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…”

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New taxes and fees will kill jobs, startups

New taxes and fees will kill jobs, startups

June 14, 2021, The Denver Gazette

This week, lawmakers proclaimed Sine Die. It’s a Latin phrase that translates to “without day” but in Colorado, it signals the end of the legislative session. After almost 120 days of votes and debates over more than 600 bills, how did it go? …

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Shore up Colorado’s shaky unemployment fund

Shore up Colorado’s shaky unemployment fund

May 31, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“Leadership isn’t easy in times of prosperity; leading through an unprecedented pandemic is arguably tough.

I get it, things don’t always go as planned in challenging times like this. But it’s irresponsible to hardworking Coloradans to not deal with…”

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Stories matter – they make policy personal

Stories matter – they make policy personal

May 10, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“The stories of the great books, the stories of the founding of our country, the stories of the Bible.

Storytelling is the string that ties our society together, that ties us together…”

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Unlike government, Moms keep their promises

Unlike government, Moms keep their promises

May 3, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“This coming Sunday, kids across the country will make handmade cards, cook up a breakfast in bed, and try to tiptoe around the house to let our precious mommas get a bit more sleep. It’s the day of the year we celebrate the hard-working, loving, ever-giving matriarch of the family, Mother’s Day!”

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Doctors will leave, hospitals close and patients suffer

Doctors will leave, hospitals close & patients suffer

April 17, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“Five years ago, Colorado voters soundly defeated a government-run health-care plan, Amendment 69, voting NO by a margin of four to one. Reps. Dylan Roberts of Avon, Iman Jodeh of Aurora, and Sen. Kerry Donovan of Vail…”

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Time to get state’s financial house in order

Time to get state’s financial house in order

March 22, 2021, The Colorado Springs Gazette

There is so much bad behavior right now by our state leaders, I could fill 20-plus columns. I’m frustrated, and just plain mad. Colorado is not OK.

It’s time to shout from the mountain tops. It’s not right. It’s outrageous and it’s not fair.

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New paths needed to tomorrow’s job market

New paths needed to tomorrow’s job market

February 15, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“I sometimes ask my 8-year old twins what they want to be when they grow up. It’s quite fun to hear their answers. A firefighting ninja BBQ chef. A veterinarian ballerina mom. A YouTube star. What I know as a leader at our state’s flagship university, and as an entrepreneur and CEO, is that they’ll likely…”

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Trust small businesses to make good decisions

Trust small businesses to make good decisions

February 1, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“I’ve been blessed to live the American dream.

For over a decade, I put my heart and soul into caring for lots of furry friends, and helping amazing people open businesses doing something they loved. Camp Bow Wow grew to be the country’s largest pet care franchise.”

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Compounding COVID’s travails – a ‘shecession’

Compounding COVID’s travails – a ‘shecession’

January 25, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“It’s still dark out as I enjoy the calm before the storm, but the house is starting to stir. One of my 8-year-old twins pokes me in the arm and loudly ‘whispers’ in my ear, ‘MOM IS IT THE WEEKEND?’

Ugh. Is it the weekend…that’s a good question? I had no idea….

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We must be brave and speak our minds

We must be brave and speak our minds

January 18, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“As I reflect on the election and the attack on the Capitol, I’m searching for wisdom to guide me as a citizen, a parent, and a public official. In my mind loops a line from a favorite children’s book, Madeline. ‘In the middle of one night, Miss Clavel turned on the light, and said, ‘something is not right! …’’

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Polis’ words, deeds at odds on COVID response

Polis’ words, deeds at odds on COVID response

January 2, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“… But they were just that, statements. His [Jared Polis] actions reflect a different reality altogether. And since then, things have gone downhill, badly…”

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FAMILY

‘Rescue’ puppy mills betray dog-loving public

‘Rescue’ puppy mills betray dog-loving public

August 3, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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.”

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Empower students – lower the cost of college

Empower students – lower the cost of college

July 26, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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.

Higher education presents a unique opportunity to agree on a problem…”

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The promise of college has fallen flat

July 23, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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…”

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Refocus public ed on what matters for kids

Refocus public ed on what matters for kids

June 28, 2021, The Denver Gazette

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…

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Healing by looking outward, giving back

Healing by looking outward, giving back

May 17, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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…

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Lauding true leadership in our schools

Lauding true leadership in our schools

April 26, 2021, The Denver Gazette

The closure of schools has been a moral travesty. However, not all schools and school leaders have kowtowed to school employee union pressure and failed to properly serve our kids for most of the last year...

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Tonic for tragedy: To come back, give back

Tonic for tragedy: To come back, give back

March 29, 2021, The Denver Gazette

Longfellow reminds us that healing comes in waves, my Colorado friends, but it does indeed come.

Those words have been comforting me for years, since my first rendezvous with grief in my late twenties…”

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Gratitude might be the medicine society needs

Gratitude might be the medicine society needs

March 15, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“Longfellow reminds us that healing comes in waves, my Colorado friends, but it does indeed come.

Those words have been comforting me for years, since my first rendezvous with grief in my late twenties…”

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How much is that doggy in the window?

March 1, 2021, The Denver Gazette

As the founder of Camp Bow Wow, one of the country’s largest pet franchises, I’ve seen my share of good and bad in the pet industry. Our franchisees and corporate team helped over 10,000 dogs find homes through our nonprofit, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation. But there were never enough homes for all the pups that needed one…”

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Closed schools are crushing our kids

Closed schools are crushing our kids

February 8, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“Dear Governor Polis, OPEN THE DAMN SCHOOLS.

You are the state’s chief executive. No more excuses and no more passing the buck to local school districts. No more empty platitudes about what you ‘hope’ will happen…”

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A sick mom, alone in a cell, on Christmas Eve

A sick mom, alone in a cell, on Christmas Eve

December 28, 2021, The Colorado Springs Gazette

As our government leaders bicker over meager handouts, shuttering businesses and who they deem worthy of vaccinations, a mom I know is sleeping in an isolation jail cell just miles away from my home, sick with COVID. She was issued one thin blanket to cover her as she shakes with the chills. The jail staff only check on her a couple times a day.”

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Recapturing Christmas magic amid COVID

Recapturing Christmas magic amid COVID

December 21, 2021, The Colorado Springs Gazette

“As you’re driving along I-25 through Monument this time of year, off to the west a beautiful star on Sundance Mountain shines brightly after dusk. For a split second, the sight makes us forget this terrible, horrible, no good very bad year (thanks Alexander!).”

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Colorado’s teen suicides fueled by pot, pandemic

December 14, 2021, The Colorado Springs Gazette

“Colorado’s kids are not alright.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in Colorado for people ages 10 to 24. Our state has the seventh-highest suicide rate in the country, and that was before we forced young people to separate from their schools…”

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CU overhead defies students’ needs

CU overhead defies students’ needs

December 7, 2021, The Colorado Springs Gazette

“Four years ago, I was honored to be elected as your statewide CU regent. I campaigned on lowering the cost of college, protecting free speech, bringing viewpoint diversity to the classroom and making sure our graduates get great jobs…”

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RURAL COLORADO

Trust us to look out for each other

Trust us to look out for each other

July 7, 2021, The Denver Gazette

“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…”

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Keep those mountaintops top of mind

Keep those mountaintops top of mind

June 7, 2021, The Denver Gazette

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.

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