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I find the Chamber’s refusal to simply say that they made a mistake when endorsing Brainard, just as most of the citizens who voted for him did. None of us knew at the time that he would end up pleading guilty in a case involving domestic abuse, there is no shame in saying that a mistake was made. There is, however, a mistake in continuing to support him as a representative of the City of Grand Junction once a guilty plea has been entered. The message it sends is that domestic violence is okay in our community, and I am appalled that the Chamber wants that to be their message. There is a building campaign to boycott businesses that continue to be Chamber members until the Chamber admits that they were wrong in foisting this man upon us.

Apparently the Chamber Board is OK with a convicted criminal on the Council as long as they can pull his strings and get him to vote their way.

Violence against women and children is a public health issue.  Mr. Brainard now has a known and confessed too, public health infirmity of violent behavior to women.  This type of violence is tolerated by silence, inaction and the shrugging of the shoulders by usually law-abiding citizens.
Men that perpetrate violence, any violence, have not learned to be thoughtful in their ability to make decisions and more often then not, make decisions that meet their own immediate needs, forgetting the consequences of their actions.
Mr.Brainard needs help and I find it disgusting that the Chamber, Mayor Susuras and Marty Chaven have done him harm by supporting the poor decision to stay on as a Councilman.  The position puts him and the women of this town and in his life, at risk of his poor decision-making process. 
Brainard and Mayor Susuras’ decision-making processes have proven to be abrupt and disordered.  An example is the decision to reinstate the $6000/year membership to the Chamber, that Diane Schwenke stated clearly the Chamber did not need. 
That’s taxpayer money being wasted.  Another example is the decision to delay the Avalon.  It took huge pressure from the community to make them reverse their stance.
Knee-jerk decision making is a symptom of this malady, as is the illusion of control and thinking that any decision made, is set in stone.  Is that what Grand Junction and Mesa County want for leadership?

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