Brainard for at-large seat

“Sometimes I think we set the bar too low” in this community, Rick Brainard said. Too often the City Council fails to look at the big picture, he added.

That’s a refreshing view from someone who has considerable experience in looking at the big picture and keeping a tight rein on a budget as vice president of business development for West Star Aviation. It’s a large part of the reason we believe Brainard should be elected to the at-large seat on the City Council.

One example of short-sightedness, he said, is the city spending $3 million to help restore and expand the Avalon Theatre. “Does it make sense to spend so much on a small theater when what we need is something that would seat 5,000 people?”

This is one of many issues on which Brainard differs with his opponent, Councilman Bill Pitts, who was one of those who voted to boost the amount the city was giving to the Avalon.

Brainard also has a different view than Pitts on Measure B, the TABOR override. Brainard said he was not comfortable with the measure because “it’s too loose, too open-ended.”

On Measure A, the Brady Trucking issue, Pitts declined to offer an opinion, saying that’s up to voters. Brainard said he supports it because “I think Brady has earned it and has demonstrated it can work while protecting the environment.”

However, he added, “This is the only place I’ve lived that hasn’t actively sought to develop its riverfront.” He imagines a corridor of thriving restaurants and small shops.

Brainard’s vision, experience and enthusiasm are all needed on the council. Vote for Rick Brainard for the at-large seat.


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