Get Involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved with your city government. Here are just a few:


Run for Mayor

The mayor is elected to a four-year term. The current term ends at the end of 2017. Filing for the next election will be in May 2017.

Volunteer for a City Committee

The mayor appoints members of the public to several boards, commissions, and committees. Fill out the Talent Bank application on the City website to ensure the mayor has your information when a vacancy occurs.

City Council

Contact Your City Councilmember

Residents of Anacortes are represented by three city councilmembers elected by wards (PDF map), and four councilmembers elected at-large. Please feel free to contact me or your other councilmembers. All emails to public officials are public records and subject to disclosure.

Attend Council Meetings

The public is welcome to attend council meetings, which are regularly held in the council chambers at City Hall on Mondays at 7pm, except:

  • In weeks when Monday is a holiday, the meeting is held on Tuesday
  • In months with five Mondays, there is no meeting the fifth Monday
  • Meetings are occasionally canceled for "lack of pressing business"

On the City website, you can find agendas for the next meeting or past meetings, as well as the documents referenced on those agendas, and approved minutes from past meetings.

Informal public comment is allowed during the "citizen hearings" portion of the agenda.

Watch Council Meetings

You can also watch City Council meetings, although not live, on Comcast Cable TV 10 or via streaming web video.

Attend Council Committee Meetings

The City Council operates a number of standing committees that meet on a somewhat-regular schedule. Meetings are public, but participation is allowed at the discretion of the committee.

Run for City Council

City Council elections occur in odd-numbered years. File with the Skagit County Auditor. If a vacancy occurs on the Council in the interim, the Council will appoint a replacement after soliciting letters of interest from the community.

Land Use

Keep track of land use projects and proposals

If you're interested in land use (and you should be!), the City planning department maintains a list of current land use projects and legal notices. You may not receive any other notice of these projects, so please check back to these pages regularly.

Testify at Public Hearings

Many larger land use proposals are evaluated by the Planning Commission and City Council after a public hearing—a formal meeting where members of the public can comment on the merits of the proposed policy or project. Oral testimony is generally limited to three minutes.