Fentanyl Features In Colorado’s First Gubernatorial Debate

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl is “a mom on a mission” to combat state’s fentanyl crisis
SEDALIA, CO - JUNE 28: Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl addresses the media after a watch party at the Wide Open Saloon on June 28, 2022 in Sedalia, Colorado. Ganahl defeated Greg Lopez in the Republican primary and will take on Democratic incumbent Jared Polis in November. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • In Colorado’s first gubernatorial debate, GOP candidate Heidi Ganahl criticized Democratic incumbent Jared Polis for the state’s high fentanyl overdose rates, inflation, and poor education standards in public schools.
  • A self-described “mom on a mission,” Ganahl denounced Polis for weakening fentanyl possession penalties and argued that the rise in crime and drug-related overdoses in Colorado have brought harm to children.
  • If elected, Ganahl pledged to declare a state of emergency over the fentanyl crisis.

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