Labeled a “useful idiot” by some and “a rising star” by others, Sage Naumann is a Denver-based political professional, graphic designer, amateur film photographer, web consultant, cigar aficionado, vaper, and video gamer. Raised in Carlsbad, California, Sage, his wife Sara, and their cat Groucho, moved to Denver where Sage works in the Colorado State Capitol as the Digitial Communications Director for the Colorado Senate Republicans.
Previously, Sage served as the Digital Manager, Digital Director, Deputy Executive Director, and finally as Executive Director of the Republican Party of San Diego County from 2015 to 2017. Under Sage’s leadership, the Party saw a dramatic increase in Facebook following, from 24,625 to 44,660 likes, a 100% increase in email subscriptions, the creation of text-based notifications, and design work that won a 2017 Pollie Award. Sage also oversaw the candidate recruitment and training program, recruited over 700 volunteer precinct captains, and helped manage events from 50 to 750 guests.
As a candidate for the Carlsbad School Board in 2014, Sage exposed real corruption within the board when calling out a board member’s vote to approve a contract with a law firm, and suddenly resigning from the board twelve days later to take a job with the same firm.The San Diego Union Tribune investigated, alongside the California Fair Political Practices Commission, and it was found that the board member accepted the job offer twenty-four hours before casting the vote. She was fined $4,000. Sage’s bid for the Carlsbad School Board garnered over 6,400 votes, falling just 372 votes short of defeating an incumbent. He was just nineteen years old.
Also involved in his community, Sage has been a board member of the Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation, a past member of the City of Carlsbad Beach Preservation Committee, a board member for the North County Republican Coalition, and a delegate to the California Republican Party. Sage currently sits as a board member for the HOPS Foundation.
One of Sage’s greatest sources of inspiration is his brother, Dylan, who was born with cerebral palsy. Through personal experience with different special education programs in different districts, Sage has continually advocated for the rights and resources for those who are special needs at every level of government. Sage is also passionate about substance abuse and addiction programs, as both his parents are alcoholics. Sage’s mother, Tamara, passed away from the disease in 2015 at just 44 years old, while his father now has over a decade of sobriety.