CO GOP Announces new coalition: Colorado Women in Action

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1/29/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DENVER, Colorado – Today the Colorado Republican Party announced the launch of a new coalition: Colorado Women in Action. 

Women in Action is a grassroots network of Republican Women who will be organizing to support candidates that support pro-growth and pro-family policies.

Women in Action will partner with the Colorado Republican Party’s robust field operation to knock on doors and give a voice to the administration’s record of success delivering results for Colorado women and their families,” said CO GOP Vice Chair Kristi Burton Brown. 

Pro-growth and pro-family policies have delivered the best economy and lowest unemployment rate for women in history. Women in Action will be on the ground, in communities across Colorado, to ensure this message reaches voters across the state.” 

This grassroots organization will be led by CO GOP Vice Chair Kristi Burton Brown, along with the following Founding Members:

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese. Rose serves as Mesa County Commissioner and is a dedicated member of the community, as well as a member of Rotary and participates in many community service projects. Rose and her husband live in Orchard Mesa with their daughter and son.

Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Ruehl. Michelle has served the last 16 years as an Air Force Instructor, Pilot, and Professor at her alma mater, the U.S. Air Force Academy. She flew 191 combat missions and served two tours in Afghanistan. She also runs a non-profit Parwana Leadership Legacy, where she uses horses in therapy to help military members, and she is a new precinct leader in downtown Colorado Springs. 

Janet Rowland. Janet served as Mesa County Commissioner from 2005 to 2013 and then as Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mesa County. She is currently the National Director for Project 1.27, a faith-based non-profit that recruits and supports foster families, and is running for Mesa County Commissioner.

Rep. Perry Buck. Perry serves as the Minority Whip in the Colorado House GOP and represents district 49 in Larimer and Weld counties. 

Regent Heidi Ganahl. University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl won the statewide election to her at-large seat in 2016. Ganahl is the current chair of the regents’ finance committee, and served on the board of the successful No on CC campaign. 

Bobbie Daniels. Bobbie is the Chair-Elect of Colorado Women’s Alliance, an author, entrepreneur, wife, and mom of four. She is a Colorado native and lives on the Western Slope.

Marilyn Harris. Marilyn is the Archuleta County Republican Chair and the immediate past president of Colorado Federation of Republican Women. She is a recognized member of her community and teaches 4-H to our state’s next generation.

Amy Ollivier. Amy has been involved with the Colorado Republican Party for the last 22 years, serving in 5 county Central Committees in varied roles, and formerly as the Colorado State Chairman and National Committeewoman for the National Federation of Young Republicans. She has served in other capacities for Colorado conservative causes as a Policy & Research Assistant in the Colorado State Senate, Victory staff, and as a political consultant. Currently, Amy loves her role as a member of the Boulder County Executive Committee, and as the Director of MAGA Trump Colorado. 

Marla Reichert. Marla is the longtime Operations Manager at Estes Industries and currently serves as the Pueblo County Republican Chairwoman.

Blythe Driver. Blythe currently serves on the Greeley Citizen Budget Advisory Committee and as Treasurer for the Northern Colorado Young Republicans. As wife to a man who works in oil and gas, she is passionately committed to representing Colorado O&G families and communicating conservative values.

Vickie Tonkins. Vickie and her family have been a part of the Colorado Springs community since 1996. Vickie serves as the first African American Chairwoman of the El Paso County GOP, and works for ComPsych Corporation as a Facilitator/Trainer in Staff Development for corporations. 

Sandra Hagen Solin. Known as one of Colorado’s top legislative, media and political strategists and recognized as a “Key Influencer” in 2019, Sandra is founder and head of Capitol Solutions. Her full spectrum firm achieved a 100% success rate last year and continues her 25-year run guiding top clients in an ever-changing political landscape. 

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

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. 

Maura Nordberg. Maura is a Colorado native, residing in Colorado Springs with her husband and three children. A school psychologist by training but a stay-at-home mom currently, she’s an active volunteer in her community and board member for Life Network, Colorado Springs’ crisis pregnancy center.

Stephanie Garbo. Stephanie is a mother, a wife, and an active member of her community in rural Colorado. She serves as the Otero County Republican Chairwoman

Priscilla Rahn. A woman of color, Priscilla Rahn is running for CU Regent in the 6th Congressional District. She is a 26-year veteran public school Master Teacher; an elite distinction held by less than 1% of Colorado’s teachers. Priscilla was the first teacher in Colorado to become National Board Certified in Early Adolescent/Young Adult Music, and has worked in urban, suburban and rural schools in Texas, Colorado and Alaska.

Kathleen Chandler. Kathleen Chandler, a fourth generation Colorado native, is 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.

Stephanie Luck. Stephanie is a lawyer, educator, and entrepreneur dedicated to creating communities where people can thrive. She currently resides in Fremont County. 

Vera Ortegon. Colorado GOP National Committeewoman Vera Ortegon is a longtime leader in the Colorado Republican Party. Vera is also a former Pueblo City Councilwoman, a business owner for the last 35 years, very involved in Colorado water issues for over two decades, and precinct chair for the past 20 years. She was born and raised in Colombia, South America, legally immigrated to the United States, and she was naturalized in 1977.

Women in Action is future-focused,” Burton Brown continued.

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.”

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