Casey Pease is a local volunteer firefighter and former Bernie Sanders staffer who chairs the Worthington Democratic Town Committee
He’s a lifelong resident of the district who lives in Worthington and who has also spent time living in Shutesbury. He knows the district’s struggles because he’s lived them—from going through our public schools to trying to connect to the internet.
Childhood and Family
One of four children, Casey was raised in Worthington as the son of Catherine and Thomas Pease. His parents both grew up in the district, and his mother has spent the past 30 years as a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center. Casey’s grandmother, Julia, served on the Worthington selectboard for 25 years and was the first woman to take up that role in its 250-year history. Casey’s grandfather, Cornelius, served in the Korean War and as Massachusetts Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Casey attended public elementary, middle, and high school all in the district, having gone to Russell H. Conwell and Gateway Regional. While a student, Casey started a community service club and brought together students and community members around human rights issues including women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights. Casey also co-founded the Gateway Model United Nations club. After graduating, he enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying Political Science and being active in the UMass Democrats, UMass Progressives, and the Center for Education Policy and Advocacy.
Casey has dedicated himself to helping others—it runs in his family. Getting his start as a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the congressionally chartered civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Casey volunteered for the organization’s search and rescue team. In 2013, Casey became a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder, a role he continues to hold. He also taught a semester-long course on government and civics at the Southern Hilltown Adult Education Center that was funded through a grant from UMass Amherst.
Activism and Leadership
Casey is a community activist and local advocate with strong progressive credentials. As the youngest full-time staffer to be hired by the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, he worked as a field organizer right here in Massachusetts, as well as in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Ohio. He went on to serve as the 1st congressional district director for the Young Democrats of Massachusetts and then as campaign manager for Andrea Harrington for State Senate. Casey also worked as an organizer with the Save Our Public Schools campaign, fighting alongside the Massachusetts Teachers Association to defeat the dark money-funded charter school ballot initiative.
Casey has been active in getting young people involved with their communities and government. He recently served as Chair of the Western Massachusetts Young Democrats and has spoken at area high schools and colleges to encourage student involvement in politics.