Candidate Breakdown: CU Regents-at-large

This year, there will be an election for new members of the University of Colorado Board of Regents. The Board oversees both University of Colorado campuses, making important decisions that affect CU students.

The major candidates in this race are Democrat Alice Madden and Republican Heidi Ganahl. If elected to the nine-member panel of Regents, either would be helping decide university policy, degree programs and to lower or raise tuition.

Alice Madden is a former CU graduate and lawmaker. She has a background in environmental activism with experience as the director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment at CU. Colorado WINS and Conservation Colorado back Madden in this election. She also favors state fundraising for the university.

Heidi Ganahl is a CU Boulder graduate and businesswoman who is on the CU foundation board. She runs the Moms Fight Back charity and is not in support of safe spaces as an effective promotion of free speech on campus. Ganahl is in favor of looking for other ways to financially further the university rather than relying solely on state funding.

In the past, the CU Board of Regents has been mostly Republican. The Board is currently at a 5-4 GOP majority, but in June, the vote was split down the middle between parties when selecting a new chairman.

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