Ganahl and Moore are excited about the race for Colorado governor

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENT REPORTER

On September 7, GOP candidate for Colorado governor, CU Regent Heidi Ganahl, and her running mate, U.S. Navy veteran Danny Moore, stopped by the regular monthly meeting of the Arapahoe County Republican Breakfast Club at Maggiano’s DTC to greet 160 supporters and share their plans for Colorado. With only a month to go until ballots for the November 8 election start to show up in mailboxes, candidates and their followers are working hard to turn out the vote. In the words of Ganahl, “It is go time. We need everybody, all hands on deck, ready to rock’n’roll …” She told supporters, “Our internal polling shows that we are only four or five points behind (incumbent Governor) Jared Polis. It’s anybody’s race right now.”

Danny Moore, left, GOP candidate for Colorado Lt. Governor and Heidi Ganahl, right, candidate for Colorado Governor
 Photo by Freda Miklin

Ganahl said that a debate between her and Polis has been confirmed for September 28 in Pueblo. News reports have another taking place on October 13 on CBS News Colorado.

She told supporters, “The people of Colorado…care about skyrocketing crime, which is out of control right now… We are number one in auto theft, property crime, bank robberies; number two in fentanyl overdose. Fentanyl is one of the top issues I’m hearing about right now from law enforcement, from families… This is not just affecting folks that are using drugs constantly or dealers. This is affecting our kids, our community. Add to that, we have one of the highest suicide rates for kids here in Colorado, one of the highest drug addiction rates for kids in the country—high potency marijuana is killing our kids.”

She continued, “Sixty percent of our kids cannot read, write, or do math at grade level in Colorado…In Denver Public Schools (DPS), only 5% of African-American and Hispanic kids can read at grade level…DPS gets $19,000 per child to educate them. That is what we are fighting for. If our kids are not okay, then nothing is okay. Colorado has become one of the most dangerous states in the country to be a kid… Our kids are suicidal, they are having a mental health crisis, they can’t read, write, or do math, and they’re using drugs too often.”

“But,” she said, “You can fix it with good policy. We can go all in on school choice. We can fix our mental health system. We can arrest people who sell drugs to kids… On crime, we can fire the Parole Board. We can replace the heads of the Department of Justice, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Corrections.”

Ganahl then talked about one of her notable policy proposals, saying, “My big, bold idea to get the economy back on track is to go to zero income tax. There are eight other states that do that. We should be one of them. We do not need to raise other taxes to do that…We can cut the gas tax in half and still fix the roads.” 

She said that on day one, she plans to undo most of the 500 executive orders that Governor Polis has issued during the past four years, including 350 that are public health-related. Ganahl added that she will also “replace most of the people on the boards and commissions in Colorado.” She cited as examples of boards she plans to replace, the Public Utilities Commission and the Oil and Gas Commission, which she noted does not presently include anyone from Weld County.

Ganahl moved on to another issue, telling the crowd, “Colorado is one of the highest states in the country for inflation…due to bad policy… We’ve seen government grow under Jared Polis by 25%. That means 4,000 new employees and agencies and bureaucracies across our state that are running our lives.” She said she planned to cut the size of government by 10%.

After Ganahl left to attend another meeting, her running mate, Danny Moore, continued the presentation. We asked Moore, “Are there particular areas in state government that you and Heidi have identified that you would like to see cut back?” Moore responded, “The office of saving people money.” After the cheering stopped, he continued, “We have created offices that, if they tell you they’re going to do something, you know they’re not doing it, right? We’ve created offices to enable people to have jobs because of political favors. We have a 29-year-old running CDOT that doesn’t know anything about transportation. Our state has real problems. We need real professionals with real experience.”  Our research revealed that CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew, who has been in that position since December 2018, is 39 years old and previously held positions that included deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation and chief operating officer of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation before coming to Colorado.

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