Candidate for Raleigh City Council, District D

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Saige’s Endorsements

 
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Stacy Bluth

“I knew from the minute I met him that Saige Martin has a huge heart and the ability to turn this compassion into thoughtful, skilled action. During my tenure as a nonprofit executive, Saige volunteered in numerous capacities including leading a successful fundraising event that raised awareness about youth homelessness in Raleigh. His concern for others and his desire to make this community a stronger, more equitable and welcoming place for everyone is inspiring. I cannot imagine someone better suited to public service than Saige, and I know he will do great things for District D and all of RaleighI knew from the minute I met him that Saige Martin has a huge heart and the ability to turn this compassion into thoughtful, skilled action. During my tenure as a nonprofit executive, Saige volunteered in numerous capacities including leading a successful fundraising event that raised awareness about youth homelessness in Raleigh. His concern for others and his desire to make this community a stronger, more equitable and welcoming place for everyone is inspiring. I cannot imagine someone better suited to public service than Saige, and I know he will do great things for District D and all of Raleigh.”

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Ashley Christensen

“I’m proud to endorse Saige Martin for Raleigh City Council, District D because I know he is fighting for all citizens of Raleigh to have a seat at the table. I first met Saige when he was helping to plan multiple non-profit galas in Raleigh for causes he cared about in his ‘free time.’ A testament to his values as an individual to always give back to his community. As a chef and owner of multiple businesses, I am constantly aware of the struggles that others have in trying to break into this business in Raleigh. I know first-hand how important it is to have a champion for diverse small businesses on our city council. And I believe that champion is Saige. His commitment to hearing all voices, and reaching out to all stakeholders and his willingness to lead with, ‘yes, and’ instead of ‘no’ is refreshing and exactly what our city needs.”

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LGBTQ Victory Fund

“LGBTQ Victory Fund is proud to endorse Saige Martin for Raleigh City Council, District D,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Saige is the best candidate for District D because he understands the nuanced relationship between social justice, equity, and urban development. His courage to lead on difficult issues will be beneficial in addressing the real concerns of constituents. When Saige wins in October, he will become a vital LGBTQ and Latinx voice for all of Raleigh.”

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James Miller

“In the many years, I have known Saige, I have always been impressed with his dedication to making Raleigh a better place for all people to live. He has a practical, pragmatic approach to problem-solving and is always looking for ways to lift up the voices of those that have been marginalized. What gives me great hope is that Saige understands policy and procedures; something I feel is lacking in our current council. In my years leading the LGBTQ community in the city of Raleigh, I am proud to endorse Saige Martin in his campaign for Raleigh’s District D.”

Matt Tomasulo

Matt Tomasulo

“As an urban planner, entrepreneur, local small-business owner, and former candidate for Raleigh City Council, I am proud to support Saige Martin. Saige’s work with underrepresented populations across the world and commitment to making every voice heard embodies a vision of a Raleigh, for all, that we need. The people of District D deserve a representative who has their best interest at heart and who will work tirelessly to use their voice to shape a bold and equitable vision of progress for the future of our city. I have no doubt that representative is Saige Martin.”

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Eric Braun

“As a former Chair of the Raleigh Planning Commission, my focus has always been on making and advancing decisions that are in the best interest of the residents of Raleigh regardless of how politically popular they may be at that time. I’m endorsing Saige Martin for Raleigh City Council District D because he understands that to advance the interests of all residents you must have a bold vision, act with humility and respect and be a true public servant. As a designer, Saige brings a wealth of creative and innovative solutions to the table and when he doesn’t have the answers he relies on the experts that surround him to help make the best decision that he can. District D and the residents of Raleigh would be lucky to have his pragmatic leadership and bold vision.”

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Jillian Johnson

“As Mayor Pro Tem, of Durham City Council, I know what it takes to lead a diverse city, to hear all voices and to take bold action. That’s why I’m proud to support Saige Martin in his run for Raleigh City Council. As a leader in Durham, we need more visionary partners in Raleigh to help build a shared vision for the Triangle. Saige has already shown me his willingness to do the hard work to build a partnership and to understand the most nuanced issues. Most important, perhaps, is that Saige is humble, accessible, and thinks of every constituent when discussing policy proposals. The city of Raleigh would be lucky to have his leadership.”

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Mary Lucas

I am honored to have served on the City of Raleigh’s Human Relations Commission because I know that to live our values we must prioritize human dignity and mutual respect for all of our residents. I support Saige Martin for Raleigh City Council District D because he will ensure that we are actively promoting our city’s diversity and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity in Raleigh. Through his work with the United Nations and activism in nonprofits in Raleigh and abroad, it is clear to me that Saige has a track record of bolstering the voices of marginalized communities, making him the advocate we need for social justice and equality.

Former Vice-Chair, City of Raleigh Human Relations Commission

Reverend Nancy Petty

Rev. Nancy Petty

“When I met Saige Martin I met a person who is willing to listen with his heart and his mind to the cries of the people who are oppressed and marginalized and then act on their behalf. Times are changing and we need a leader willing to guide us down a new road – a road that challenges the established structures of old power that no longer represent the voiceless. We need a leader with the courage to sound a progressive moral voice that says we can be a better community for all people and then lead us to action to build that better community. Saige Martin is that leader.”

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Larry Wheeler

“After knowing Saige Martin for many years, I’m proud to endorse his campaign for Raleigh City Council, District D. Saige’s commitment to supporting the arts coupled with his imagination and energy are critical to Raleigh’s transformation into one of America’s major metropolitan centers. He cares about all the people and wants to ensure a dynamic quality of life for all. He knows about civic economies and the planning it takes to keep Raleigh vital and competitive. Saige is the type of new leader the people of Raleigh should hunger for.”