Chaffee to speak to local Democrats

Amherst and Milford Democrats will hold a potluck supper with guest speaker Lincoln Chafee, former governor of Rhode Island, in Milford next week.

Chafee served as a Republican member of the US Senate from 1999 until 2007. As a moderate Republican, he was the only party member to vote against authorizing the Iraq war, a press release from the local Democrats said.

In 2010 Chafee left the Republican Party and, in 2011, was elected governor of Rhode Island as an Independent – the first independent to serve in that capacity since 1790.

In 2012 Chafee registered as a Democrat and supported Barack Obama in his re-election campaign. This month, Chafee announced that he had formed an exploratory committee to evaluate whether he might run for president in 2016.

Chafee is interested in hearing what grassroots Democrats hold as their most important values and concerns, the press release said. His talk, followed by a question and answer session, will be held on Wednesday, May 6, starting at 6 p.m. with a social gathering, supper at 6:30, and the talk from 7-8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Milford, 20 Elm St., Milford.

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