There are lots of reasons people drop out of political races, but according to multiple reports, Marsha Brewer had an unusual motivation for bowing out of the 2016 race for El Paso County Commissioner District 3.
Brewer's husband, Jimmie Brewer, has apparently been arrested by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of sexual assault on a child under 15 by one in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child under 18 by one in a position of trust, and incest. According to KRDO, he has since been released on $5,000 bond.
According to the Gazette
, the apparent victim, a girl, told detectives that she had frequent sexual contact with Brewer starting in 2012 when she was 8 years old.
It's a shocking revelation considering the Brewers are longtime players in the local Republican party. And according to KRDO, Marsha Brewer is accused of knowing about the abuse and not reporting it.
"According to Jimmie Brewer's arrest warrant," KRDO reports, "the child said she told Marsha Brewer about the abuse but said Marsha Brewer didn't report it. Marsha Brewer sent a text message to the child in September apologizing for Jimmie Brewer's actions. "
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The 2016 race for three El Paso County Commissioner seats is already getting a little tighter.
, a candidate for County Commissioner in District 3 has announced she will pull out of the race due to a change in her personal circumstances.
Three Board of County Commissioner seats will be up for grabs next year because Amy Lathen (District 2), Sallie Clark (District 3) and Dennis Hisey (District 4) are term-limited.
Sherrie Gibson, Tim Geitner and Mark Waller have announced for District 2. Alex Johnson, Susan Payne, Rodney Gehrett and Tyler Stevens are running for District 3. Longinos Gonzalez, Joan Lucia-Treese, Elizabeth Rosenbaum and Scott Turner have announced for District 4. All are Republicans except Rosenbaum, a Democrat.
Waller, former Republican leader of the state House, unsuccessfully ran for attorney general in 2014. Stevens was mayor of Green Mountain Falls from 2002-2012 and still is mayor pro-tem. Gonzalez ran for City Council in April.
Marsha Brewer, Candidate
El Paso County Commissioner District 4
Exits the Race
Colorado Springs – Today Marsha Brewer, a Candidate for County Commissioner announced that she would not seek the Republican Party nomination for El Paso County Commissioner District 4.
“To be an effective Candidate requires a great deal of time and attention. Due to a change in my personal circumstances, I will not be able to devote the time and attention I believe is necessary to be an effective Candidate and Commissioner. I wish the other Candidates and the citizens of Commissioner District 4 the very best,” stated Brewer “there are some excellent Candidates in this race and I look forward to supporting the Party’s nominee in June.”