Residents Protest Richard Brainard’s Appointment
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- For weeks residents have been calling for the removal of Grand Junction City Councilor Richard Brainard before he took his new seat.
They continued this push on Monday during his swearing in.
“We do not need a man who slaps a woman to shut her up on the city council,” said Martha Barrett-Scott, Grand Junction resident protesting against Brainard.
“We think it’s a travesty that a man with such characteristics can be seated on our city council,” said Earle Mullen, resident protesting against Brainard. “It sets a very poor example to young people who should be looking up to government.”
Brainard is being charged with third degree assault and harassment stemming from an alleged incident with his live-in girlfriend on April 5, two days after he won the city's at-large council seat formerly occupied by Mayor Bill Pitts.
Before Councilmember Brainard could even raise his right hand and take an oath to serve as Grand Junction City Councilor, dozens of residents stood up, and put their back to him.
“He clearly has no regard for the people that voted for him or his peers because everybody has asked him to step down,” said Lindsay Callahan, Brainard protester.
With a painted on black eye, Callahan is among those objecting the new city official's position and taking a stand against domestic violence.
“He displays all of the normal signs of an abuser,” said Callahan. “I have no confidence in him to represent the people.”
Protesters say their approach is a silent, yet impactful way of acting out against this new appointment.
“It’s a slap in the face for any woman who has survived serious domestic violence,” said Jo-Anne Mullen, Brainard protester.
“We don’t want Mr. Brainard on the council,” said Barrett-Scott. “He is a man without character, he's prehistoric, and he needs to go.”
If enough of the public is unhappy with Brainard’s appointment, they may ask the city for a "recall vote,” which requires a 90 day waiting period, as well as an extensive list of other requirements.