Demonstration planned at City Hall against Brainard

A Grand Junction woman who said she voted for City Councilor-elect Rick Brainard is now organizing a demonstration Friday morning calling for Brainard to decline elected office.

Linda Moran was granted an application, which was filed with the City Clerk’s office Wednesday, for a “demonstration against domestic violence, Rick Brainard.” It’s scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday along the south side of City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St., which faces Rood Avenue. Moran’s application reserved the space for two hours, according to City Clerk Stephanie Tuin.

Moran said she’s a retired nurse who has had friends and family members who were victimized by domestic violence. Moran distributed an email urging anyone interested in attending Friday to make signs.

“Anyone who has admitted to domestic violence is not worthy of being a city council member,” she said, acknowledging she voted for Brainard in the council election on April 2.

“I had read he felt like the bar was set too low for the community,” Moran said, explaining her vote for the now-embattled councilor-elect.

“He’s already crossed that line. I do regret it,” she said of her vote.

Brainard, 51, said in a prepared statement Tuesday he intends to serve on City Council despite his arrest Saturday on suspicion of domestic violence against his girlfriend. An arrest affidavit obtained by The Daily Sentinel said Brainard initially denied an altercation with the woman turned physical, before admitting to pushing her, grabbing her hair and slapping her.

He’s currently scheduled to appear in court, and be sworn into office, on May 6.

Read the full story in Friday’s Daily Sentinel.




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