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By David Pan 

Rorhbough stepping down from City Council

Family is moving to California

 

Last updated 5/27/2020 at 2:47pm

Anna Rohrbough

Anna Rohrbough is going to miss serving on the Mukilteo City Council.

When she was elected as a City Councilmember in 2017, Rohrbough said she didn't come in with a particular agenda in mind or a specific issue to push.

"I wanted to go in and show you can trust government officials," Rohrbough said. "I still believe politics can be done differently."

So the decision to step down three years into her first term and to move out of Mukilteo after 10 years was difficult, she said.

Rohrbough's husband, Carter, a vice-president at Granite Construction, has accepted a promotion, and the family will be moving to Folsom, California, at the end of the month.

"It's been an incredible privilege to have the opportunity to represent the city that I love, and the city that my kids grew up in," Rohrbough said. "I care about the people. It hasn't been easy. It was such an honor. I stuck to the principle that I was elected to represent the people of Mukilteo, not only those who voted for me, but also the others who did not vote me in. I'm sad that I won't have that opportunity anymore. I feel grateful."

Ultimately, Rohrbough and her husband decided it would be in their family's best interests for Carter to take the promotion and for the family to move to California.

The Rohrboughs signed a contract to sell their house, and the closing was supposed to take place in April. The deal fell through, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Another buyer was found, and the Rohrboughs have closed on a house in Folsom.

When all of the details were finally finalized, Rohrbough shared her news at the May 4 City Council meeting, which was conducted remotely. Rohrbough's final City Council meeting is Monday, May 18, and her last day in office is Wednesday, May 20.

Rohrbough said she wanted to balance her responsibilities to the City and also clear the way for her eventual successor.

Rohrbough served as council vice president in 2019. She is a member of the Land Use and Economic Committee and Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, as well as an alternate to the Finance and IT Committee.

Rohrbough graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics and political science and is the CEO of her own business, AR Leadership, LLC. She is a certified leadership and speaker coach.

City Council positions are nonpartisan, but last fall Rohrbough ran as a Republican for Snohomish County Council Position 2, losing to Democrat Megan Dunn by 3,172 votes out of 34,722 votes cast – 55% to 45%.

That campaign left a deep impression on Rohrbough.

"We had incredible numbers that supported that campaign," she said. "It does take quite a bit to build that up and to have that kind of impact."

Rohrbough said she didn't find much partisanship during her time on the City Council.

"Party doesn't matter in nonpartisan positions," Rohrbough said. "I worked with two very liberal Democrats and one moderate Democrat."

City Council President Richard Emery, who is on the opposite political spectrum from Rohrbough, acknowledges the two have a lot of differences on the issues. But he appreciated Rohrbough's candor and passion for Mukilteo.

"A vigorous discussion is often beneficial," Emery said. "I have valued her contributions and her enthusiasm and her dedication. I'm convinced she really did intend to be on the council for her four-year term, and that it was disappointing for her to give that up."

Rohrbough encourages those interested in their city to consider applying for the opening. The City will be accepting online applications for the position from May 21-June 3. Interviews will follow.

"It's a great opportunity to be involved," she said.

Doorbelling and meeting with residents during her campaign opened Rohrbough's eyes.

"I found out things that I thought mattered to people were different," she said. "It changed my whole perspective."

Suicide awareness was an issue especially meaningful to Rohrbough. Last year, the City issued a proclamation recognizing September as National Suicide Prevention Month. Rohrbough took the issue a step further by coming up with the idea to have signs with a suicide prevention phone number placed on the back of public restroom doors.

Last year was an especially busy time for members of the City Council, as they addressed issues such as landscaping, signage, parking issues between neighborhoods, Old Town residents' concerns about Mukilteo Lane, and the future of Hawthorne Hall.

"The public's concerns got on the agenda," Rohrbough said. "We were really focusing on what matters to Mukilteo."

Rohrbough will have her hands full in the coming months with the move, a new house and a new school for daughter Ella, who will be a high school junior. Son Harrison is a sophomore at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

Though she's not sure in what capacity, Rohrbough anticipates she will get back into politics in the future. Folsom is about 30 minutes away from Sacramento, the capital of California.

"I learned a lot in the last two and a half years, some from making mistakes," Rohrbough said. "I feel like I'm not done. It's not my will. I feel it's God's will."

 

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