West Star executive Brainard eyes council seat

RICK BRAINARD: Plans to file candidacy for
 at-large seat on Grand Junction 
City Council



At least one candidate for the Grand Junction City Council has informally announced his intent to run for a council position.

Rick Brainard, vice president of business development at West Star Aviation, told The Daily Sentinel on Wednesday he would run for the at-large position currently held by Mayor Bill Pitts.

Wednesday was the first day candidates could pick up packets to run for one of the four available seats in the April 2, 2013, election.

Brainard said he hasn’t returned his information yet to the city to run for council but plans to do so in the next couple days.

Brainard said he decided to run for a council position in response to frustration over what he perceives as a cavalier nature in which current council members make financial decisions.

“It’s one thing to sit on the sidelines and another thing to get involved,” he said. “At West Star I constantly challenge the way we do things. Just because it worked yesterday doesn’t mean it will work tomorrow. Really what I want to do is get away from status quo and really drill down into how we spend our money.”

The 51-year-old Michigan native has lived in Grand Junction for the past eight years.

He works for West Star, which employs 600 people at six locations across the nation. West Star’s Grand Junction location at the Grand Junction Regional Airport is the company’s largest location, employing 300 people.


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