The Agenda

Two LGBTQ candidates elected to Raleigh City Council

For the first time, Raleigh will have LGBTQ representation on its city council, following the election of Victory Fund candidates Saige Martin and Jonathan Melton last Tuesday.  

Saige unseated a 5-year incumbent in District D in Southwest Raleigh, while Jonathan emerged as the winner of an at-large council seat after finishing second in a field of six candidates vying for two at-large spots. Both candidates declared victory after their opponents declined to request a runoff.

North Carolina is one of 28 states that don’t protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination under state law, and it’s been a favorite battleground for far-right culture warriors in recent years.  

Nearby, Durham City Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson also won her election last week for a second term. 

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