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Rick Brainard recall, Grand Junction, Colorado (2013)

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An effort to recall Rick Brainard from his position as member of the City Council of Grand Junction, Colorado was launched in June 2013. Brainard resigned from his position effective July 18, 2013, but did not officially state the recall effort as the reason for the resignation.[1][2]


On April 6, 2013, Brainard was arrested on domestic violence charges by city police. In May, he was given an 18-month deferred sentence. Local citizens, who had just elected Brainard to an at-large position on the council by a vote of 5,962 to 4,369 on April 2, were outraged and formed a group calling themselves "No Brainard Recall Committee."[1][3]

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Rick Brainard resigned before the recall effort could have officially begun. Grand Junction city charter requires a 3-month waiting period after taking office before a recall effort may begin. Recall supporters could not have initiated a recall until August 6. Had the effort gone forward, they would have needed to gather 5,326 signatures in 30 days to trigger a recall election.[1][2]

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