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Council Vice President Rohrbough joins crowded race for County Council

 

February 27, 2019

Anna Rohrbough

The race to fill County Councilmember Brian Sullivan’s seat is filling up in a hurry, and another Mukilteo politician has declared her candidacy.

Mukilteo City Council Vice President Anna Rohrbough, a first-term Mukilteo city councilmember, announced her intention to run for Snohomish County Council Position 2 earlier this week.

Rohrbough defeated James Yoo in 2017 to win her seat, and she was unanimously elected vice president of the Mukilteo City Council for 2019.

Sullivan, a former Mukilteo mayor and city councilmember, has held the seat since 2008, and is term limited. He is running for Snohomish County treasurer.

In a press release, Rohrbough, a Republican, cites her “desire to focus on common sense solutions that put people over politics.”

Rohrbough says her top two priorities are jobs and public safety, and she said she wants to focus on the causes of drug abuse and to make sure Snohomish County is a priority for transportation funding.

“Both are issues that feed into the ability of the businesses and educational services to create jobs that support a real sense of belonging and prosperity to the people Everett, Tulalip and Mukilteo,” according to a news release.

Rohrbough has the support of Mukilteo City Council President Christine Cook, who applauded Rohrbough’s leadership skills.

“She not only comes prepared with the information, but also with an open mind and willingness to collaborate to find the best solutions to move forward,” Cook said. “She is honest, authentic, and above all has a deep desire to help others be successful.”

Rohrbough is a mother of two Kamiak students, and is a business owner. She is a leadership coach and speaker partnered with John C. Maxwell, a world-renowned leadership coach and speaker. Rohrbough is also a TEDx speaker, and has coached other TED talk speakers.

Rohrbough’s press release described her as an “avid supporter of business”; she has served on the board of the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce and as chair of the Economic Alliance Snohomish County Ambassadors (EASC) for multiple years.

In 2018, Rohrbough traveled with EASC leaders and other county influencers to Washington, D.C., to represent Snohomish County.

Rohrbough has also served as a board member for the Sno-Isle Library Foundation, and voted to support a five-year $200,000 commitment to help fund the Mariner Library on 128th Street Southwest in Everett.

Throughout Snohomish County, Rohrbough says she continues to hear the call for safety and educational opportunities to fill the gaps in the area’s workforce.

“The prosperity of all of our residents is intrinsically tied to these issues,” she said. “We must continue to equip our protectors and helpers with the resources they need to help those who continue to hurt in our community.

“As we grow and expand our horizons on many fronts, we cannot lose sight of the fundamental need that public safety plays in the ability of our businesses and individuals to prosper in Snohomish County.”

Along with, traffic, housing and conservation, Rohrbough said the county needs to invest more in jobs and vocational education, which will allow the county to “continue to be competitive.”

“I will support solutions to our traffic congestion that makes it easier and safer for parents to get to work,” Rohrbough said. “I will support common sense conservation that protects our beautiful county and helps our businesses. I will work continuously toward creating a true environment of connected belonging and prosperity that gives more people access to home ownership.”

Rohrbough said the county’s residents are the driving force behind making Snohomish County the best it can be.

“I will do what it takes to assist the people of Snohomish County to reach their potential because it is the people, not politics, that will drive Snohomish County forward as the best county in the state,” she said.

Rohrbough joins a loaded class of candidates, as seven other 2nd District residents have announced their intentions to fill Sullivan’s seat.

Everett residents Megan Dunn, Cecilia Wilson, Alex Lark, Tyler Verda and Sharita Burton have announced and filed paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission.

Rohrbough is one of three Mukilteo residents vying for the seat, joining Louis Harris, a Washington Department of Social and Health Services employee and four-year resident, as well as Mayor Jennifer Gregerson. Gregerson is a former Mukilteo City Councilmember and is in the second year of her second term as mayor.

Conflicts with Gregerson

It has been widely publicized that some Mukilteo City Councilmembers have taken issue with the way Gregerson runs the city.

Rohrbough has been one of Gregerson’s more vocal critics over the last year.

Last summer, Councilmember Scott Whelpley brought severance and separation agreements before the Mukilteo City Council, all of which Gregerson signed off.

Some of the agreements differed from the city’s policy, which allowed for two months’ pay, paid in accordance with the city’s payroll.

Some former employees received an extra month of severance, and payments were made in one lump sum.

Additionally, former city policy analyst Marko Liias, the state senator for the 21st Legislative District, received over $6,300 in tuition reimbursement despite there being no receipt showing the cost of his courses, and no transcript showing he passed the course. Both are required in the city’s policy for tuition reimbursement.

Two weeks after the council voted that all severance and separation agreements, along with all memorandums of understanding and collective bargaining agreements had to come before the council prior to approval, Rohrbough made a motion to vote in no confidence of Gregerson’s leadership.

Rohrbough was upset that Gregerson had yet to obtain the receipt and transcript from Liias, and felt Gregerson was willingly withholding information from the council to serve her own agenda, and that she repeatedly lied on record about her past actions.

Rohrbough’s motion passed 4-2.

Since then, the council voted to obtain outside legal counsel to investigate whether Gregerson’s alleged actions were illegal. Rohrbough was very much in favor of obtaining legal help.

The state Auditor’s Office released its reports on the city’s finances and accountability earlier this year and found no major findings. The auditors did suggest the city council continue with its legal counsel, and to create an ordinance to solidify the motion councilmembers made in August where all severance agreements have to come before the council.

Rohrbough was not pleased with the auditor’s report, which said a lack of case study prevented them from making a firm decision on whether Gregerson’s actions were a problem or not.

“Sometimes it takes someone doing something to create a case law,” Rohrbough said at the audit exit interview Jan. 28.

For more information on Rohrbough’s campaign, visit electanna.com.

 

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