Labeled a “useful idiot” by some and “a rising star” by others, Sage Naumann is a Colorado-based political professional, graphic designer, amateur film photographer, web consultant, cigar aficionado, vaper, and conservative commentator. Raised in Carlsbad, California, Sage, his wife Sara, and their cat Groucho, moved to Colorado where Sage works in the Colorado State Capitol as the Communications Director for the Colorado Senate Republicans. Sage also operates Naumann Consulting, a digital design, advertising, and strategy firm.
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. The party saw an 81% increase in Facebook likes (from 24,625 to 44,660) and an 100% increase in email subscribers. Sage was the architect of the 2016 Precinct Operations, which led to the Party deploying more door-to-door volunteers than any time since the 2004 General Election. He also worked alongside the then-Executive Director to craft the Candidate Activation Training (C.A.T.) Program, helping recruit and prepare over 31 new Republicans just before the filing deadline to run for public office, 9 of which won their election. Sage oversaw the creation of a new text message-based communication program, leading to over 4,000 San Diego County-based Republicans being engaged through a new communication medium. Sage’s design of “Official Republican Voter Guide” were seen by over 350,000 Republicans countywide, and won a 2017 Pollie Award in the “Best Use of Slate Mail” category. Sage also helped organize and manage the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner in 2015, 2016, and 2017 setting a fundraising record each year (770 attendees and $420,000 in 2017). Senator Rand Paul was the keynote speaker in 2015, Senator Mike Lee in 2016, and Senator Tim Scott in 2017.
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.
Sage, Sara, and Groucho live in Brighton, CO in their 1919 craftsman home.