Our family has had the privilege of observing state government through the experiences of our son, Andy O’Brien, as he served as representative from District 44.

It’s been truly eye-opening, especially the trend toward ever-more partisan politics.

Now Lloyd Chase, of Liberty, a new face in the political arena, is the Democratic candidate for this seat. Chase, a Maine native, is able to compromise when necessary and work with people who have diverse opinions, backgrounds and beliefs. He wants to put partisanship aside and work across the aisle to build our local economies, energize our communities and invest in education.

We urge voters to consider Chase for the House of Representatives. Be on the outlook for Chase as he visits the towns of District 44 — Appleton, Hope, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill and Searsmont — over the next several months. He’ll do a good job for us.

Wally and Diane O’Brien