Brainard: no intention of withdrawing

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- In a statement released Tuesday, Rick Brainard said he has no intentions of withdrawing from his newly elected position on Grand Junction City Council.

Below is Brainard's full statement:

"First of all, I appreciate the many calls and emails of support I have received the past few days. Thank you for acknowledging that I have not been tried or convicted of anything. Any questions about the case should be directed to my attorney at this time.

"There has been some speculation as to whether I will withdraw from my newly elected position with the Grand Junction City Council. I have no intention of withdrawing and look forward to serving on the Council as I was elected to do.

“I knew when I decided to run for public office that public service also means public scrutiny. Just as I promised during the campaign to listen and consider all sides of challenging issues before making policy decisions, I hope the citizens in our community will grant the same to me throughout this process.

“Again, thank you and I look forward to serving our community.”

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Just days after being elected to the city council, Rick Brainard made his first appearance in Mesa County court Monday.

Brainard was arrested over the weekend after a fight with his live-in girlfriend.

He's being charged with third degree assault and harassment, and he was released from custody after posting a $1,000 bond.

According to a Grand Junction Police Department arrest affidavit, Brainard allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face while the two were arguing.

Current Grand Junction city council members were notified of the incident through an email from the city manager.

Council wasn't scheduled to meet this week, but that could now change.

Mayor Bill Pitts says it's an unusual situation that the council hasn't ever dealt with before.

Brainard is due in court again next month.

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