SUNBURY — Sunbury residents Nathan Savidge and John Barnhart announced they will be running as a team when seeking seats on city council this spring. 

Savidge, 26, is no stranger to politics as he sought a seat on the Shikellamy school board in 2011 and in 2015 took a shot at a seat on the board of Northumberland County commissioners. Both attempts were unsuccessful but Savidge finished with strong showings in each race.

Barnhart, 62, a retired Navy veteran, is a newcomer to politics.

Both Barnhart and Savidge are seeking a Republican nomination.

"John and I running together allows us a meritable dynamic," Savidge said. "We make a balance of youthful optimism and vision with the practically of two people who have lived here all of our lives."

Barnhart agreed.

"We want change and we are coming into this with a vision and a plan," he said. "We both love this city and our families live here. We aren't looking at politics but we are looking at bringing change."

Savidge and Barnhart said some of the things the two want to do would be to work together to bring back economic development to the city. Other ideas they have include rebuilding the police force and rebuilding relationships with residents, city departments and county and state officials.

"We plan on visiting business in the city and seeing what we need to do to improve our growth here," Barnhart said. "We want to be active and take a stance where we aren't just sitting back and waiting."

Savidge, who is also set to begin taking classes to become an attorney, agreed.

"We will be aggressive, pursue new business," Savidge said. "We also want to start working with non-profits such as Sunbury Revitilization, United Way and Chamber and any others. We want to rebuild those bridges with our county and state leaders."

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