Colorado Springs entrepreneur Barry Farah is considering a run for governor on the Republican ticket, Colorado Politics has learned.
Farah would join an already crowded field, which is still developing. Some top names already in the race include Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, entrepreneur and former state Rep. Victor Mitchell and investment banker Doug Robinson, who is also Mitt Romney’s nephew.
The primary field for governor is expected to grow with state Treasurer Walker Stapleton. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is also seriously considering a run, and Colorado Politics broke the story this week that former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo said “it won’t take much” to persuade him to run for governor.
Multiple sources confirmed to Colorado Politics that Farah will enter the race, but the candidate himself has not yet confirmed it.
The husband of Tamra Farah, with Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity, Barry Farah served as founder, majority owner and chief executive of a suite of business-to-business service companies for over 20 years.
He sold the companies to four different buyers, starting a software engineering firm, for which he served as founder, majority owner, and chairman for 12 years before selling it to the NASA Hubble telescope contractors.
Farah also has a background in commercial development in California and Colorado.
He is the founder and chief executive of Precocity LLC, a technology company that has a wide range of clients, including some Fortune 500 companies.
Farah also has written books and he also gives speeches on the subject of business.
On the Democratic side of the gubernatorial race, top names include former state Sen. Mike Johnston, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and Denver civic leader Noel Ginsburg.
The Democratic field also is developing, as Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne considers a run.