Folsom City Council 5th District election: Newcomer Rohrbough edges out 24-year incumbent

Anna Rohrbough has upset incumbent Mayor Kerri Howell for the Folsom City Council 5th District seat.

With the latest update provided by the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters on Tuesday, Rohrbough was ahead by 266 votes with 2,950 votes to Howell’s 2,684. Final results from the county are expected to be certified Thursday.

“I’d like to thank Kerri for her 24 years of service; that is not something to overlook,” Rohrbough said. “I’m just really thrilled and excited to bring a fresh perspective with experience to Folsom and its residents, and their trust and confidence in me means a lot.”

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Rohrbough previously served as a city councilwoman in Washington state.

This election is among the first for the city, which moved to geographic districts; council members used to be elected at large. The 5th District encompasses neighborhoods north of East Bidwell Street.

Howell did not immediately respond for comment. She has served on the Folsom City Council since 1998 and the Folsom planning commission from 1994 to 1998. Howell was elected by the council to serve as mayor a year ago, and had previously served as mayor in 2019, 2014 and 2012.

Howell faced concerns of being removed from the ballot when she disclosed that incumbent Councilman Mike Kozlowski had collected signatures for her reelection campaign in a potential violation of state election law.

A judge ruled four days before the election that Howell could stay on the ballot.

Rohrbough previously told The Bee she wants to work on creating “more communication between what our departments need and what is prioritized in our budget.”

“One of the things I ran on was police and fire public safety. I don’t think the council is hearing what each of our departments are actually needing,” she said.

Newly-elected Folsom city council members will take the oath of office at a special city council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to the city’s communications director, Christine Brainerd. The new council will then select the mayor and vice mayor for the next year at that meeting.