Harvey seeks spot on Warren City Council
Sam Harvey, president of Bull Run Resources, is running for the Warren City Council in the Republican primary. Four Republican candidates are running for three city council spots on November’s general election ballot.
Harvey is a U.S. Army veteran and served as a squad leader during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. After the war, Harvey completed his Master of Science in Geology from Virginia Tech. He previously worked for the Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey, as a staff member at the U.S. House of Representatives, and Chevron Corp.
In 2006, Harvey moved to Warren to work for Pennsylvania General Energy, bringing his wife Rachel and son Sam.
“We chose to make Warren our home. Rachel and I don’t have family ties to this area. When the opportunity to settle down in a small city came, we took it,” Harvey said.
He and Rachel now have four school-aged children. In 2012, Harvey and his partners founded Bull Run Resources. Bull Run has its offices in downtown Warren and is one of the top ten producers of crude oil in Pennsylvania.
Harvey served a single term on Council from 2012 until 2016 and did not seek reelection in 2016. Of the four Republican Candidates on the primary ballot, Harvey is the only one with direct experience on the City Council.
“I am a strong proponent of free markets, personal liberty and personal responsibility,” he said. “This philosophy is the bedrock of my analysis of any issue.”
He added, “To reduce municipal spending and restore lower tax rates. Warren has lost almost 20% of its population in the last 30 years. A smaller working age population cannot support the same sized government we have had in the past. Warren is a terrific place to live and raise a family, however we need to hold the line on municipal spending and taxes.”
Inflation adjusted general fund budgets have increased by 21% from 2016 to 2020, during a period when the city conservatively lost at least 200 families. The 2021 municipal budget increased earned income tax rates by 8.3% and real estate tax rates by 5%; this is an unsustainable situation.” After the general election in November the first budget the newly elected council will consider is the 2023 budget.
“My goal if elected will be to cut spending in order to restore tax rates to their 2020 levels.”