Some anonymous messages told her that she was restricting civil liberties, Warshaw told The Washington Post. Others said she should go to jail over her vote.
But after the western Kansas city's uphill battle against the coronavirus pandemic was highlighted in a USA Today feature Friday, the messages grew more frequent and aggressive: Burn in hell. Get murdered. One person simply wrote, "We're coming for you."
So after nearly eight years in government, she called it quits Tuesday.
"They were loud, and they were aggressive, and they frightened me and my family," said Warshaw, who had been serving her second stint as mayor. "There's a strong part of me that wants to say they are only words. But people are angry right now, and I don't know that for sure."