Heidi Ganahal, the only Republican to hold elected office statewide, filed as the gubernatorial candidate on Friday, according to the Secretary of State’s website.
Ganahl is an entrepreneur who founded the pet care service Camp Bow Wow and currently serves as the University of Colorado Regent.
She told Colorado Politics she would be making an “announcement” at the memorial Tuesday, but did not say what she would say. He did not respond to calls from the Post on Friday afternoon. The filing shows the “Heidi” candidate committee for governor, a campaign’s finance arm.
The longtime Douglas County resident is preparing to write a regular column in the Colorado Springs Gazette, which targets Democratic leadership and hosts a statewide podcast program.
Republican leaders have told The Post that they expect Ganahal to not have a serious primary opponent to challenge incumbent Democratic Governor Jared Polis in November 2022.
House Minority Leader Hugh McCain said, “I can’t imagine anyone else would accumulate the gravity he must have gone into.”
If Ganahal wins, she will be the first female governor of Colorado. Colorado is one of five states that have never elected a woman as a US senator or governor.
But the police are known to spend extravagantly to win and defend their political seats. Add to that his current status, voting popularity and voter-registration advantage in an increasingly blue state, and he will be hard to beat. Ganahal acknowledged that this summer when he told The Post that running against Polis is a “moonlight”.
Republicans are at their post-World War II electoral nadir in Colorado, controlling zero statewide offices nor the chamber of the legislature. But they have struggled in the gubernatorial contest for decades, before Colorado’s recent shift to the left. Bill Owens is the only Republican to be elected governor since 1975.