Heidi Ganahl

University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl.

A conservative group called Stand For Colorado plans to rally Friday at locations across Colorado to send a message about what its members see as a leftward turn in state government.

The rallies are scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Denver, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Alamosa, Woodland Park and Montrose.

Organizers contend that legislators are making it more expensive to live in Colorado, while making people rely on the government and driving companies from the state.

“Hardworking, every day folks seldom 'do' rallies," Kim Monson, leader of the Stand For Colorado team, said in a statement. "May 10th, Coloradans will come together to send a message to the out-of-control politicians and bureaucrats that we are watching, we care and we are concerned about the future of our state.”

The rally in Denver will be on the west steps of the state Capitol, one week after the General Assembly adjourned.

Monson will speak on education.

Other speakers and their topics include:

  • Pastor Christine Uwizera-Coleman, survivor of the Rwandan Genocide: convocation.
  • Monument Mayor Don Wilson: the national popular vote.
  • Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer: oil-and-gas regulation.
  • Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams: the red flag gun law.
  • Giuliana Day, organizer of Against the Hypersexualization of Our Children Law: sex education bill
  • Amy Oliver Cooke, executive vice president of the Independence Institute-Energy: "The Assault on Affordable, Efficient & Reliable Energy."
  • Parent Heather Lahdenpera: vaccination exemptions bill.
  • Sue Sharkey, chair of the University of Colorado Board of Regents: higher education.
  • RTD Board Director Natalie Menten: "Assault on the Taxpayers Bill of Rights."
  • CU Regent Heidi Ganahl: free speech on campus.
  • Former Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn: "Raid by Colorado of Personal Uncollected Funds."
  • Former Jefferson County commissioner and former RTD Board Director Tina Francone: air quality rules, regulations and laws.
  • Susan Kochevar, owner of the Historic 88 Drive In Theater: "Forced Minimum Wage and Unfriendly Laws, Rules & Regulations."
  • Deb Flora, Salem Media Group: parental rights.
  • Pharmacist Carol Baker: prescription drugs.
  • Get Er Done Right Colorado co-founder Jan Cook: automatic voter registration.
  • Patti Kurgan, former member of the Colorado Pay Equity Commission: family leave bill.
  • Charter school parent Kim Gilmartin: education. 
  • Author Helen Raleigh: immigration.

Rallies will be held at:

  • Grand Junction: steps of the Old Court House at 544 Rood Ave.
  • Gunnison: IOOF Park at 124 E Virginia Ave.
  • Alamosa: Market Street and Highway 160.
  • Woodland Park: U.S. 24 and Colorado 67.
  • Montrose: Demoret Park at 246 W Main St.

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