GJ City Council Asks Brainard to Not Take Oath of Office
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - It's been more than a week since council member elect, Richard Brainard was released from jail after an alleged assault on his girlfriend and Wednesday night the current Grand Junction City Council decided to send him a message.
Brainard has yet to take an oath of office and in previous statements he has said he has no intention of withdrawing.
On Wednesday night many people donned painted black eyes and duct tape over their mouths to the city council meeting to encourage Brainard to step down.
"It's 2013, women got the right to vote 93 years ago. This sort of behavior is not acceptable for a public servant," said Joel Dyar, who does not want Brainard to take the oath of office.
Mare Charlesworth is a former victim of domestic violence, she says Brainard's alleged attack on his girlfriend was shocking.
"If he can cross the edge with a person he loves and that he's supposed to protect, what is he going to do to the first assertive female that challenges him?" Charlesworth said.
She was one of many who spoke in front of the current city council, asking them to support their cause.
"It's not going to be the last time he crossed the line if he doesn't seek help. He needs to be seeking therapy, not office," said Charlesworth.
Former supporters of Brainard are claiming he's not fit for public office.
"Domestic violence is wrong, his not resigning is wrong, what he's doing to this community is wrong by not resigning," said Sally Matchett who had voted for Brainard in the election.
The current council members did vote to send a letter to Brainard asking him to step down. The vote passed with the sole "no" vote coming from councilman Sam Sasurous.
"[People] have a right to due process and a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law, not a court of public opinion," said Sasurous.