Dozens rally at City Hall to protest Councilor-elect Brainard

A spirited crowd of nearly 100 people this morning chanted slogans and carried signs calling for the resignation of Grand Junction City Councilor-elect Rick Brainard.

The event in front of City Hall attracted two current councilors, Bennett Boeschenstein and Jim Doody, who said they would present a resolution during Wednesday’s council meeting asking for his resignation.
“He’s already cost our city a huge amount of embarrassment,” Boeschenstein told the crowd, which responded with clapping and cheering.

Brainard has come under fire after being arrested April 6 on suspicion of two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence against his girlfriend. According to an arrest affidavit, Brainard admitted pushing the woman, grabbing her hair and slapping her.

All newly elected councilors are expected to be sworn in May 6. Brainard said in a prepared statement earlier this week that he won’t resign his post. Brainard’s attorney, Steve Laiche, declined Friday to comment on the rally.

Read the full story in Saturday’s Daily Sentinel.


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