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Here’s what’s happening now:

Raleigh City Council meets today to discuss replacing Saige Martin:

Today at 4 p.m. the Raleigh City Council will discuss what’s next for replacing Saige Martin, the former City Councilor for District D. 

Saige resigned Friday after four allegations of sexual misconduct, including two incidences of assault, were reported by the News & Observer.


What’s next: “(Tuesday) we will discuss the process for appointing a new council member and have asked the City Attorney to offer guidance,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. 

“We are looking at a formal application period, potentially from July 1 through July 10, with a virtual forum moderated by a member of the media. We hope to make a decision at a special meeting I will be calling on July 14. District D residents may email the Council.” 

There will not be a public comment period following the specially called meeting. 

Contact the Raleigh City Council at raleighcitycouncilmembers@raleighnc.gov to reach all members or find individual contact info here.

The District D councilmember represents a district that includes a large swath of central and southwest Raleigh. District D includes parts of Downtown Raleigh, Boylan Heights, around Dorothea Dix Park, NC State and Cameron Village. [see a map]

Previously, Kay Crowder represented District D but lost the most recent re-election. She has already expressed interest in stepping in with an online petition. Brittany Bryan and April Parker also ran for District D in the most recent election.

How to watch the meeting: The city council meeting will be streamed on the city website and on YouTube.

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