ABOUT SAGE TURNER for ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL
My passion for Asheville stems from my deep connection to our community. I raised my family here and Asheville has been our home for twenty years. I started out as a young mother and volunteer, showing up for several causes, making friends and finding jobs along the way. I quickly learned that being of service to community makes me feel whole, happy, and gives me purpose.
For work, I have chosen to spend my career helping non-profits, cooperatives, and independent businesses; I believe they are the backbone of our community, our economy and Asheville’s future.
My passions include kayaking our many lakes and rivers, hiking our beautiful trails, cheering for our Asheville Cougars, and restoring old buildings. I have a penchant for taking on big projects and navigating them to success, with bumps and bruises along the way. I am very concerned about affordable housing, our environment, and want to ensure the future we are handing to our children is safe and sustainable.
I have studied business, consumer science, urban planning, and geographic information systems; these are powerful tools for building fiscally, socially, and environmentally sustainable communities. By electing me to Asheville’s City Council in 2020 we will launch the decade of smart and responsible growth, planning for a future and a city that works and builds prosperity for all.
SAGE'S WORK & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Affordable Housing and Livability Focus
City Commissions, Community Boards
Chair Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
Chair Downtown Commission
Just Economics/Living Wage
Children First Success Equation.
Local Living Economy Working Group
Manna Food Bank
Community Leadership Council for 10-year tourism planning
Asheville Downtown Association
Ethical Finance and Project Management
French Broad Trading Co-op
Since 2008, revamped Asheville's treasured cooperative business to:
Implement the nation’s first certified Living Wage grocery store
Better managed annual budget now at $5 million
Support increase number of local farmers as vendors, now over 1,000 products
Working to continue Julian Price’s legacy by reinvesting in community development, bringing a full size grocery to downtown, and creating affordable housing and affordable commercial space.
Urban Planning, GIS, Business
Degrees and Coursework
Masters, Urban & Regional Planning, University of Florida
Masters, Geographic Information Systems, University of Florida
B.S. Consumer Sciences, Appalachian State University
Business, North Carolina State University
20 years on boards and committees
UNC School of Government Planning Training