Heidi Ganahl hopes to be Colorado’s next governor


Heidi Ganahl was elected to a six-year term on the CU Board of Regents at large in November 2016.

Republican Heidi Ganahl will challenge Governor Polis in 2022

On September 10, CU Regent Heidi Ganahl of Lone Tree filed an affidavit with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office stating that she is a member of the Republican party and a candidate for the office of Governor of the State of Colorado in 2022. She is expected to have made it official by the time you read this (on September 14 in El Paso County). 

Ganahl, 55, has long been rumored as the Republican Party’s favored candidate to take on incumbent Democratic Governor Jared Polis. Ganahl holds a business degree from CU and a masters in health administration from the University of Denver. She is the founder and former CEO of Camp Bow Wow, a pet-care franchise that she started in 2000 and sold to VCA, Inc. in 2014. She has also received multiple business leadership awards, including being named one of the state’s “25 Most Powerful Women” in 2019 by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. 

When Republican Heidi Ganahl was elected to the CU Board of Regents in November 2016, Colorado had a Democratic governor, but its remaining top elected offices– attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer were all held by Republicans. That changed two years later when new people were elected to four-year terms in all four top statewide offices and all of them were Democrats. Since Ganahl’s position on the Board of Regents is at large, she is considered a statewide elected official, making her the only Republican in Colorado currently holding a statewide elective office.