Pease narrowly defeats Chase
Residents of District 44 have chosen Republican Jethro Pease of Morrill to represent Appleton, Hope, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill and Searsmont in the state house. Pease was challenged by Democrat Lloyd Chase of Liberty for the seat vacated by Rep. Andy O'Brien of Lincolnville, who did not seek re-election.
Voters in Hope, Morrill and Searsmont overall supported Pease; while Appleton, Lincolnville, Islesboro and Liberty results had Chase leading. The final unofficial tally of votes in all seven towns shows Pease with 2,614 votes and Chase with 2,478.
Pease and his wife of 45 years, Diana, owned and operated two McDonald's — Belfast and Bucksport — for 20 years. He is a long-time volunteer firefighter who spent 21 years as chief of Morrill Fire Department. Pease has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Husson College (now University).
He was born in Rockland and lived in Lincolnville Center until his high school years. He lived in Tenants Harbor and has resided in Morrill for the past 31 years. Pease and Diana — formerly Diana Cilley of Lincolnville — have a daughter, two married adult sons and five grandchildren.