GJ Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Brainard Protest
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Over a dozen protests chanted outside of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Monday and now Chamber officials are responding.
Protest organizes said they were there to take a stand against the Chamber for alleged support for City Coucil-Elect Rick Brainard.
Brainard was recently arrested for suspected domestic violence against his former girlfriend.
Brainard has since announced he is not stepping down from his newly elected position, but that's not stopping community members from continuing to push for his resignation.
In light of their efforts, they're also targeting local entities that they believe have unfairly supported or shielded the councilman.
Protesters have condemned the Chamber of Commerce for not taking a public stance against his decision to stay in office, something the Grand Junction City Council recently voted to do.
Following the rally outside of the Chamber Monday, we reached out to their officials for comment.
Here is the statement the GJ Chamber of Commerce has released:
"Councilman Elect Brainard resigned from the Chamber Board in April. Mr. Brainard has not sought direction from this organization about the charges against him or his future plans regarding serving on the City Council. The voters who elected Mr. Brainard have every right to determine whether he will continue to serve.
This incident has brought increased attention to the issue of domestic violence. We hope the community will openly discuss this issue and insure adequate resources are available for those at risk.”
Councilman Brainard has not publicly commented following the recent rally and continued requests from various organizations for him to step down.