GOP Women in Action

Kristi Burton Brown

The Colorado Republican Party has a new coalition called Colorado Women in Action featuring some well-known leaders, including University of Colorado Regent-at-Large and state GOP vice chair Kristi Burton Brown. 

Ganahl currently is the only Republican officeholder elected statewide. She won the at-large seat in 2016 and is expected to run for higher office within the next few cycles. She chairs of the CU regents' finance committee and last year led the  No on CC campaign to defeat Proposition CC. 

The organization's mission will be to pro-growth, pro-family values candidates, which, in this case, means Republicans.

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“Women in Action is future-focused,” Burton Brown, who will lead the coalition, said in a statement.

“We aren’t just here for 2020. We’re here in Colorado to stay, and to empower women who love freedom, our families, and the opportunities that Republican policies provide. Future candidates will come out of our ranks, and they will be trained, connected, and ready to win for the families of Colorado,” Brown said.

Other founding members, in alphabetical order, are:

Brenda Bright, who is the president of Colorado Federation of Republican Women, a party bonus member and local precinct chair from Pueblo. She is the president of Bel Nor Republican Women and serves on the 10th Judicial District Commission.

State Rep. Perry Buck of Windsor, who is the Colorado House minority whip. She represents House District 49 in Larimer and Weld counties. 

Kathleen Chandler, the foundations and coalitions manager for the Independence Institute’s Local Government Project. She is also a political consultant and professional volunteer for conservative issues and candidates.

Bobbie Daniels, the chair-elect of Colorado Women’s Alliance, an author, entrepreneur, wife and mother and Colorado native who lives on the Western Slope.

Blythe Driver, who is treasurer for the Northern Colorado Young Republicans and member of the Greeley Citizen Budget Advisory Committee. The wife of an oil and gas worker, she represents industry families.

Stephanie Garbo, who is the Otero County Republican chairwoman.

Marilyn Harris, the immediate past president of Colorado Federation of Republican Women. 

April Hawley, "A Colorado native, wife, homeschool mom and activist, April has worked with multiple grassroots, liberty-focused organizations and campaigns. She loves her community and the many families in it and works to maintain the American principles that support the family unit and strengthen our personal freedoms in Colorado."

Stephanie Luck, a lawyer, educator and entrepreneur from Fremont County. 

Maura Nordberg, who is a school psychologist by training but currently is a stay-at-home mom. She volunteers in the  community and serves on the board of Life Network, Colorado Springs’ crisis pregnancy center.

Vera Ortegon, who is the Colorado GOP National committeewoman and a longtime leader in the state party, including as a precinct chair for the past 20 years. She is a former member of the Pueblo City Council and a business owner for 35 years. She has worked on Colorado water issues for more than 20 years.

Amy Ollivier, the former state chairman and national committee member for the National Federation of Young Republicans who has been involved with the Colorado Republican Party for 22 years. She has served in various county central committee roles for Colorado conservative causes. She also has worked as a political consultant for campaigns and as a research assistant for the Colorado Senate. She currently is a member of the Boulder County Executive Committee and as the director of MAGA Trump Colorado. 

Rose Pugliese, who serves on the Mesa County Commission and is a member of her local Rotary Club and participates in many community service projects.

Priscilla Rahn, a candidate University of Colorado regent in the 6th Congressional District. She is a 26-year veteran public school master teacher and the first teacher in Colorado to become National Board Certified in Early Adolescent/Young Adult Music. She has worked in urban, suburban and rural schools in Texas, Colorado and Alaska.

Marla Reichert, the Pueblo County Republican chair and the operations manager of Estes Industries.

Janet Rowland, a former Mesa County commissioner who was Bob Beauprez's running mate in the 2006 governor's race. She is running again for the Mesa County Commission this year after serving on the board previously from 2005 to 2013. She was the executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mesa County for five years until 2018, when she became the national director for Project 1.27, a faith-based nonprofit that recruits and supports foster families.

Lt. Col. Michelle Ruehl, who served 16 years as an Air Force instructor, pilot and professor at her alma mater, the U.S. Air Force Academy. Ruehl flew 191 combat missions and served two tours in Afghanistan. She runs a nonprofit, Parwana Leadership Legacy, that uses horses in therapy to help military members. Ruehl is a new GOP precinct leader in downtown Colorado Springs.

Sandra Hagen Solin, one of the state's best-known political strategists and recognized as a “Key Influencer” by Colorado Politics in 2019, She is the founder and CEO of Capitol Solutions.

Vickie Tonkins, the first black chairwoman of the El Paso County Republican Party. She works for ComPsych Corp. as a facilitator and trainer in staff development for corporations.

Get more information or sign up for the organization by clicking here.

This article has been updated to correct the biography on Rep. Perry Buck.

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